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Progress of Republic of Moldova within Partnership for Peace Program

Chisinau, May 16, 2014 — The Ministry of Defense, in cooperation with NATO Information and Documentation Centre launched today the monograph and photo exhibition “NATO — Partnership for Peace (PfP) — Republic of Moldova”, at the Center of Military Culture and History. The event was held within NATO week in Chisinau and brought together ambassadors and defense attaches accredited to Republic of Moldova, academics and military students.

According to Col. Dr. Vitalie Ciobanu, the monograph was developed within the Center of Military Culture and History and consists of two chapters. The work describes the history of the Partnership for Peace program and the progress of Republic of Moldova within PfP. The monograph also comprises documents, abbreviations and international exercises which Republic of Moldova participated in since 1994.

LTC Ion Vulpe, Chief of Military Mass-Media Center, stated that the photo exhibition “Partnership for Peace in Photography” illustrates the Moldovan servicemembers’ performance in multinational exercises, as well as humanitarian projects carried out by NATO in Republic of Moldova.

Defense Minister, Valeriu Troenco, stated that the event hosted by the Centre of Military Culture and History shows the achievements of the cooperation between Republic of Moldova and North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the benefits of the National Army after joining PfP program in 1994. “By joining the Partnership for Peace program, Republic of Moldova got access to the experience of NATO member countries in defense system management, access to a new way of thinking, new values and principles of advanced defense management our country needs”.

According to the Defense Minister, the cooperation North Atlantic Treaty Organization helped National Army to change from a Soviet army into a European one and change the mentality in this important institution of the country through professional training of the military staff in educational institutions of the USA and European countries.

Remark: In March, the NATO Information and Documentation Centre,in cooperation with the Ministry of Defense launched the special edition of the magazine “Oastea Moldovei”, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Republic of Moldova’s accession to Partnership for Peace program.

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