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Moldova Hosts “Partners with NATO for the Future” Workshop



CHISINAU, March 13, 2012 — We need to have much cooperation and understanding in our current security environment in order to be able to settle our joint problems, Minister of Defense Vitalie Marinuta stated during the Military Cooperation Coordination Workshop “Partners with NATO for the Future”, held Tuesday, March 13, in Chisinau.

At the beginning of the event, the Defense Minister said Republic of Moldova is an active partner within the PfP Program that had a successful participation in NATO-led activities.

“Cooperation with NATO and its partners is multidimensional and mutually profitable. Due to NATO’s support, a huge number of projects have been implemented so far in the Republic of Moldova, which were very important for our citizens’ security”, the Defense Minister pointed out. “We need to have much cooperation and understanding in our current security environment in order to be able to settle our joint problems. I would also like to specify the fact that the Republic of Moldova intends to become an adequate security supplier in term of its responsibilities assumed at the international level. Therefore, the National Army made considerable efforts to improve the training of operational units for international missions”.

The Deputy Chief of Staff Military Cooperation of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), MG Sandor Fucsku, claimed Moldova has got the ability to organize outstanding events at a very high level and the Military Cooperation Coordination Workshop held in Chisinau undoubtedly proves that.

“I believe that for the NATO partner countries this event is a great opportunity to express their views on their national priorities within their cooperation with NATO. Although we have an overloaded agenda, I am sure we will manage to discuss with every nation about bilateral cooperation issues and means to improve this process”, Sandor Fucsku stated.

The primary aim of the Military Cooperation Coordination Workshop “Partners with NATO for the Future” is to coordinate and plan partnership activities for 2012-2013. The delegations of the participant countries will exchange opinions about the program of cooperation with NATO in compliance with the national interests.

The workshop hosted by Chisinau for the first time is a NATO-led yearly event analyzing the individual needs of each nation in the military cooperation area. This activity brought together nearly 120 people from over 40 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Partnership for Peace (PfP), Mediterranean Dialogue (MD) and Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) member countries such as: Armenia, Algeria, Austria, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Belarus, Bosnia — Herzegovina, Finland, Jordan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Malta, Mauritania, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Macedonia, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, and others.

The Military Cooperation Coordination Workshop “Partners with NATO for the Future” takes place from March 13 to 16.

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