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Contingent KFOR – 11 Is Ready for Its Mission

CHISINAU, June 3, 2019 — A new National Army contingent is leaving for Kosovo. On this occasion, the Ministry of Defense organized today a deployment ceremony attended by ambassadors, defense attaches, and the peacekeepers’ relatives.

Ambassador of Italy to Chisinau, Valeria Biagiotti, stated that Italy expresses its high appreciation for Moldova’s desire to participate, alongside the Italian contingent, in the operation that always has had and continues to have an important role in guaranteeing regional stability and a safer life.

“We appreciate the professionalism and competence of the Moldovan military, as well as their ability to integrate themselves and to interact with Italian soldiers in a very friendly manner,” said Valeria Biagiotti.

Minister of Defense Eugen Sturza thanked the Italian and American partners for ensuring the training, logistics, and transportation of the National Army staff to Kosovo and specified that, by participating in KFOR, our country shows its commitment, undertaken five years ago, to contribute to regional and global security.

“The operation for which you have been selected gives you the opportunity to worthily represent the National Army, the Republic of Moldova, and the military profession that we are making every effort to rehabilitate, to make it prestigious and attractive. Without your support, our efforts here at the Ministry would be useless,” said the Minister of Defense to the service members of KFOR-11 contingent.

The eleventh National Army contingent will leave for Kosovo on June 9, 2019. It consists of 41 service members out of whom one staff officer, seven engineers and a platoon of 33 service members who will carry out missions of security and guard of military facilities, as well as patrol missions.

The contingent will be stationed at “Camp Villaggio Italia” multinational base from Pech village, Kosovo. Their mandate will last six months.

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