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Minister of Defense Appreciates the Mutually Beneficial Relationship with CIOR

CHISINAU, July 28, 2011 — Minister of Defense Vitalie Marinuta met with a delegation of the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR), a non-political and non-profit organization representing the interests of over 1.3 million reservists across 36 participating nations within and beyond NATO. The event was held Thursday, July 28, at the Ministry of Defense HQ.

During the meeting with the Minister of Defense, Jon Erling Tenvik, CIOR President and Reserve Col. Gerard Dreville, Director of CIOR Language Academy, talked about CIOR activities carried out this year and the future priorities of the organization.

Jon Erling Tenvik pointed to the progressive cooperation with the Federation of Reservists and Veterans Association (FRVA) of the Moldovan Armef Forces, headed by Reserve Col. Tudor Samoilenco. CIOR President stated that, due to the cooperation with FRVA, the parties identified possibilities of organizing an advanced two-week course for reservists in the Republic of Moldova.

The director of CIOR Language Academy, Gerard Dreville, has highly appreciated the Ministry’s of Defense efforts in term of development of the National Army officers’ linguistic skills. The official pointed out the equipment and supplies of Alexandru cel Bun Military Academy Language Center are applied in compliance with the European standards. Moreover, the STANAG tests management denotes the high professional level of military instructors.

Vitalie Marinuta appreciated the linguistic training organized for the reservists of the Republic of Moldova. The Minister of Defense specified the linguistic training is one of the key priorities of the military personnel development. At the end of the meeting, both, the Minister of Defense and the CIOR representatives appreciated the opportunity to exchange opinions and pledged for the promotion of a mutually beneficial bilateral relationship.

CIOR was founded in 1948 by the reserve officer associations of Belgium, France and the Netherlands. The mission of CIOR is to enhance cooperation with organizations and institutions of national defense and foster the professional development of reserve officers.

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