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Moldova and Romania Sign the Cemetery Protection Agreement



CHISINAU, March 5, 2012 — Minister of Defense Vitalie Marinuta and the Romanian Minister of National Defense, Gabriel Oprea, concluded the Moldovan Romanian Agreement on the judicial regime of Romanian war cemeteries located in the Republic of Moldova, during a Joint Government Meeting held Saturday, March 3, in Iasi.

The agreement on the judicial regime of Romanian war cemeteries located in the Republic of Moldova controls over the graves of the Romanian soldiers dead in World War II and buried in over 240 military cemeteries in the Republic of Moldova mostly liquidated after 1945. Due to this Agreement, these cemeteries will be identified, recovered and re-arranged, so that Romanian war heroes are remembered with the desired honor.

The document signed by the two Ministers of Defense defines terms of the above area, cooperation domains, exhumation and reburial of bones, placement of war graves, as well as funding amount for such kind of actions.

The agreement is based on the Geneva Convention on the Protection of Victims of War, additional Protocols and war international legislation on the regime of cemeteries.

The parties taking part in the Joint Meeting of the Moldovan and the Romanian Governments signed eight bilateral agreements and the Action Plan on the Joint Declaration on the Establishment of a Strategic Partnership between Romanian and the Republic of Moldova for the Republic of Moldova European Accession.

The first Joint Meeting of the Republic of Moldova and Romanian Governments was held at Alexandru cel Bun University of Iasi.

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