Moldova sends the 18th contingent of peacekeepers to Kosovo to join the NATO international military force in Kosovo (KFOR).
“Today [January 13] the ceremony of sending the 18th peace contingent to Kosovo, to the city of Pecs, took place. The peacekeepers will be housed at the Camp Villaggio Italia base,” the statement said.
The Moldovan military will have the task of guaranteeing security, guarding the military installations and patrolling the areas of responsibility,” the ministry detailed.
According to the sources, the ceremony brought together the Moldovan Defense Minister, Anatoly Nosatyi, the US Ambassador to Moldova, Kent Logsdon, and the Italian Ambassador, Lorenzo Tomassoni, who agreed that the Moldovan military would gain valuable experience in Kosovo.
In accordance with the Constitution of Moldova, the country maintains neutrality, however, since 1994 it has cooperated with NATO within the Individual Partnership Action Plan. Polls carried out in Moldova show that the majority of the population is opposed to joining NATO.