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KFOR-7 Starts the Peacekeeping Mission in Kosovo

CHISINAU, June 8, 2017 — The sixth National Army contingent deployed for six months to the peacekeeping operation KFOR ended its mission in Kosovo. It will be replaced by another contingent of 41 Moldovan service members commanded by LTC Andrei Taranu.

The transfer of authority ceremony between the two contingents of National Army peacekeepers took place at “Camp Villaggio Italia” multinational base from Pech village.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of Multinational Battle Group — West, service members from Italy, Austria, and Slovenia stationed at “Camp Villaggio Italia”, as well as the Moldovan peacekeepers from KFOR-6 and KFOR-7 contingents.

The sixth National Army contingent was in Kosovo within December 6, 2016 — June 8, 2017. Throughout the six months of mission, the 41 Moldovan officers and NCOs ensured security and guarded military facilities, carried out patrol and engineer operations.

The KFOR-7 National Army contingent left for Kosovo on Monday, June 5 and consists of 41 service members, out of which one staff officer, 7 engineers, and a platoon of 33 soldiers that will carry out security, guard and patrol missions.

The Decision to deploy Moldovan service members to the KFOR operation in Kosovo was approved by the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, on November 1, 2013. The National Army has been participating in this mission since March, 2014.

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