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ICRC plans an international conference in the Republic of Moldova in 2012

CHISINAU, May 26, 2011 — Republic of Moldova was most successful in term of study and implementation by the Armed Forces of the International Humanitarian Law, Oleg Bondarenko, leader of cooperation programs with the Armed Forces within the Regional Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for Russian Federation, Ukraine, Belarus and Republic of Moldova, stated during a meeting with Minister of Defense, Vitalie Marinuta.

According to Bondarenko, as compared to Belarus and Ukraine, that have implemented the international humanitarian law study programs only at the theoretical level so far, Republic of Moldova managed to apply these projects into practice both within the Military Academy of the Armed Forces and some military units of the National Army. „Thus, an international conference may be organized in the Republic of Moldova in 2012 on this issue to give you the chance to share your experience with foreign experts in term of implementation of the Law of Armed Conflict at all levels of education”, Bondarenko said.

The ICRC official told the Minister of Defense about one more scholarship at the Expert Training Center from Italy to be awarded for the second year to the National Army on behalf of the institution he represents.

Minister of Defense, Vitalie Marinuta, encouraged ICRC’s idea to organize an international conference in the Republic of Moldova. Marinuta claimed the event would enhance and improve the training of National Army personnel in International Humanitarian Law.

„This thing turns even more important when referring to our servicemen’s engagement in different peacekeeping missions, for being aware of these rights is very helpful in fulfilling their peacekeeping duties”, Vitalie Marinuta stated.

During his visit to Chisinau, May 24-27, the ICRC will go to Alexandru cel Bun Military Academy, the Peacekeeping Battalion from Cosnita, Dubasari district, as well as the Peacekeeping Operation Training Center.

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