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Five Years of Mission in Support of Peace in Kosovo

CHISINAU, March 13, 2019 — It will be five years in March since the deployment of the first National Army contingent to KFOR operation in Kosovo. The decision to deploy the service members was approved by Parliament of the Republic of Moldova on November 1, 2013.

Thus, during 2014-2019, over 400 Moldovan officers and NCOs — infantrymen, engineers, and staff officers — have been stationed at the multinational base “Camp Villaggio Italia” of Multinational Battle Group — West from Pech village, Kosovo. Here, on March 11, 2014, the state flag of the Republic of Moldova has been hoisted for the first time.

During these five years, the service members from the 10 National Army contingents carried out missions of guard and defense of important facilities, including the Decane Monastery, ensured security at “Camp Villaggio Italia” in Pech, and patrolled the operations’ area. At the same time, the engineer teams have been involved in terrain search actions in order to find and identify ammunition dating back to the war period.

Presently, the 10th Moldovan contingent is in Kosovo and it consists of 41 service members, out of which 33 infantrymen, seven engineers, and one staff officer. They will return home in June, 2019 after a mandate of six months.

The NATO peacekeeping operation in Kosovo is carried out in compliance with United Nations Security Council resolution 1244. Over 4,000 service members from 28 countries are participating in this operation.

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