National Army Servicemembers – 10 Years of Participation in UN Missions
CHISINAU, May 29, 2013 — Moldova is a vital member of the global community of now 116 countries that is helping societies make often painful transitions from conflict to peace, protecting civilians, including the most vulnerable among them: women and children, said Nicola Harrington-Buhay, United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Resident Representative in the Republic of Moldova during the ceremony on the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers held at the Ministry of Defense.
According to the UN representative to Moldova, Moldova’s participation reflects the country’s commitment to multilateralism and to joint action as the route to a safer and more just world that is based on the respect for human rights. It shows Moldova’s engagement spans all the three pillars of the United Nations — peace and security, human rights, and development.
In his turn, acting Defense Minister Vitalie Marinuta stated that Republic of Moldova has been providing security for ten years, together with other states, in Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia and South Sudan, fulfilling their duties with high professionalism. “Our officers’ readiness has been also highly appreciated in peacekeeping missions in Georgia, Kosovo and Iraq, where we proved we are true ambassadors of peace”, Vitalie Marinuta said.
The event brought together representatives of international organizations from Republic of Moldova, defense attaches accredited to Chisinau, as well as National Army servicemembers that participated in UN peacekeeping missions.
Retired Maj. Gen. Ion Coropcean, Prime-Minister’s advisor, said that our participation in international peacekeeping operations is a major effort of our country in maintaining peace and security in the world. “For Republic of Moldova, as a UN member state, supporting international peacekeeping efforts is a priority. This requires huge human effort on behalf of National Army officers, strengthening international respect for our state”, Gen. Coropcean said.
During the event, peacekeepers were distinguished with Government Diplomas and National Army medals.
The audience commemorated officers, policemen and civilians dead in UN missions by a moment of silence.
The Ministry of Defense launched the special edition of “Oastea Moldovei” magazine, that describes 10 stories of Moldovan peacekeepers in UN missions. The event also comprised the photo exhibition “Republic of Moldova — 10 years of participation in UN missions” and the international conference “Republic of Moldova — part of international security architecture. UN joint efforts for peace”.
Republic of Moldova has been taking part in UN missions since 2003. So far, 77 National Army officers were deployed to UN missions as military observers and main staff officers. 32 of them went to Cote d’Ivoire mission, 25 — to Liberia, 13 — to Sudan, 4 — to South Sudan, 2 — to Georgia and 1 — to Kosovo. The National Army currently has 10 officers in UN international peacekeeping missions. An officer of the Republic of Moldova Ministry of Defense is working at the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, in New York, USA.