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Civilians’ Security – Priority of the Program for the Enhancement of Weapons and Ammunition Stockpile Management

CHISINAU, March 5, 2019 — The implementation of the projects aimed to enhance the weapons and ammunition stockpile management in the National Army, with the support of foreign partners, has been assessed today during an event organized by the Ministry of Defense in Floresti.

The event was attended by Ambassadors and military attaches accredited to the Republic of Moldova, representatives of OSCE Mission, US European Command, Golden West Humanitarian Foundation from Germany, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and local public authorities.

The officials appreciated the achievements in the area of modernization and upgrading security at weapons and ammunition storage depots in compliance with international security standards, including visual inspection, palletization, and sorting of ammunition, staff’s specialized training, providing special equipment and vehicles, as well as raising awareness among public opinion regarding these projects’ impact and benefits related to mitigating the risks within storage areas.

There has been also analyzed the current stage of the project aimed to renovate and upgrade security at the ammunition depots at the Base for the storage of weapons and military patrimony from Floresti, that is to be finalized in 2020.

In this regard, the officials paid an inspection visit to these depots in order to see the works that have been done so far — visual inspection and control, installation of protection fences, reconstruction of the unit’s infrastructure, as well as training of military staff.

The Minister of Defense thanked the foreign partners for their continuous and significant support for the modernization and security at National Army’s weapons and ammunition depots.

“On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Moldova, of local people, and of my team, I would like to express our highest respect and most sincere gratitude to all the donors, supporting countries and international organizations, foreign companies and experts for the important contribution to the implementation of this program that has the common objective of creating a safer environment for our people — the most valuable resource,” mentioned Minister Sturza.

During the event, Ambassador Angela Ganninger handed the keys to five special vehicles for transportation of hazardous materials that were donated to the National Army by Germany.

Angela Ganninger mentioned that this donation represents a major contribution to a safer environment for the Moldovan citizens by facilitating the transportation of ammunition under maximum security conditions. “The safe storage and disposal of ammunition and the weapons and ammunition stockpile management remains one of the main challenges for the Republic of Moldova. This is why we wish to protect the Moldovan citizens from possible explosions at ammunition storage areas or during their transportation,” stated Ambassador Ganninger.

Ambassador of the USA, Dereck J. Hogan, assured the people of Floresti that the explosion risks at ammunition depots can be prevented because the National Army has professional service members who are well-trained, equipped with necessary gear and vehicles, and trained according to the best international practices. “The US European Command chose the Republic of Moldova as the main beneficiary of the program on weapons and ammunition stockpile management. This is due, in great part, to the receptivity and openness of the Ministry of Defense to establish an efficient cooperation in this area in order to fight such threats towards the region’s population,” said Ambassador Hogan.

So far, the National Army benefited from assistance offered by foreign partners for the enhancement of weapons and ammunition stockpile management that amounts to over a few millions of euro. The money has been invested in projects including the renovation of depots’ infrastructure, the upgrade of their security by installing video monitoring systems, reparation of access routes, and installation of protection fences.

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