National Army Marks the International Day of UN Peacekeepers
CHISINAU, May 29, 2017 — The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers was marked today within a ceremony held at the Ministry of Defense.
The event was attended by President of the Parliament Andrian Candu, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Dafina Gercheva, military attaches based in Chisinau, representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, and National Army service members who participated in UN peacekeeping missions.
The President of the Parliament thanked the National Army service members for their commitment in promoting the image of the Republic of Moldova during peacekeeping operations and paid a tribute to the peacekeepers’ sacrifice.
“The participation of our service members in peacekeeping operations gives weight to the foreign policy efforts of the Republic of Moldova, as a member of the UN, to promote, alongside the international community, the peace, stability, security, as well as peaceful settlement of conflicts and post-conflict support for the countries in need”, stated Andrian Candu.
The UN Resident Coordinator in Moldova appreciated Moldova’s commitment to peace and security across the globe. “I would like to thank the Moldovans serving in peacekeeping operations for the important contribution they are making to the cause of peace. This day is dedicated to them and I am grateful for being part of it”, said Dafina Gercheva.
The Deputy Defense Minister stated that the National Army has been participating in international peacekeeping missions since 1997, with a total of almost 300 officers and NCOs in Iraq, Liberia, Sudan, South Sudan, Ivory Coast, Central African Republic, Georgia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, and Kosovo.
“The performance of these service members was excellent and it proves that the National Army has well-trained service members who are ready for all types of missions. This fact is very important, especially today, when the international security environment is constantly changing and could affect our country’s security as well. We also have the responsibility to increase our contribution to global peace and security and the National Army is the institution which has an officers and NCOs corps that is the best trained for this kind of operations. In order to reach this objective, we rely on the support of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, the Government, and other institutions with responsibilities in this sector”, mentioned Gheorghe Galbura.
During the event, the peacekeepers were decorated with Diplomas of the Parliament and National Army medals.
The participants also observed a minute of silence in the memory of service memebrs, police men and women, and civilians who died during UN missions.
Also today, in the square of Stefan cel Mare Monument, the photography exhibition “For 20 years, the National Army service members — men and women — are contributing to peacekeeping in the entire world” was launched. The project was implemented by the Ministry of Defense together with UN Women in Moldova.
The exhibition includes photos taken by National Army service members during their participation in UN Missions and which capture the emotions of meeting with locals, of homesickness, and the daily activities of military observers.
Currently, 9 National Army service members are in UN peacekeeping missions in Ivory Coast, Liberia, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Kosovo, as well as at the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in New York, USA.