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Military Exercises in the Security Zone

CHISINAU, April 4, 2013 — Combined Peacekeeping Forces (JPF) carried out on Thursday, April 4, the second stage of the complex evaluation of basic tasks performance by units deployed in the Security Zone of the Republic of Moldova at Checkpoint No.11, Gura Bicului-Bicioc. During the first stage, held on April 3, soldiers were tested on the correctness of their basic tasks execution. Then, 176 peacekeepers engaged in a combined exercise, including simulated attacks on humanitarian aid convoy and peacekeepers’ checkpoints.

Col. Veaceslav Birca, commanding officer of the Moldovan contingent, representing constitutional authorities of the Republic of Moldova, said that much attention was paid to the way task forces and checkpoints reinforcement forces acted. The source also said the military have successfully carried out their mission and showed interoperability and strong skills to act in unpredictable situations.

Mr. Sergiu Gutu, acting Deputy Chairperson of the Joint Control Commission (JCC) on behalf of the Republic of Moldova, peacekeepers’ good test results show their high preparedness and professionalism. He congratulated servicemembers on their accomplishments and wished them never to face the need to use what they have learned here in true-to-life situations. The best peacekeepers were distinguished by the Combined Military Command.

The Combined Peacekeeping Forces consist of three groups: Russian Army Group, Republic of Moldova Force Group and Tiraspol Force Group.

There are a total of 15 checkpoints and nearly 1500 servicemembers deployed to the 225 km length and 12-20 km breadth Security Zone.

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