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National Defence Minister visited Moldova


On May 29 National Defence Minister Juozas Olekas with delegation went for the first official visit to Moldova where they met with the President of Moldova Vladimir Voronin, Parliament Speaker Marian Lup, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs and European Integration Minister Andrei Stratan and Defence Minister Valeri Plesca.


”The visit marks stepped-up cooperation of Moldova and Lithuania in the field of defence and in the common interest of finding useful points of contact”, J.Olekas said.


Minister expressed Lithuania's support for Moldova's Euro-integration aspirations and cooperation with NATO and discussed perspectives of bilateral cooperation and participation in international peacekeeping operations. According to the Moldovan authorities their country seriously considers joining the Lithuanian led PRT activities in the Ghowr province. The fifth PRT rotation started their six-month service period in May, its personnel includes Lithuanian, Croatian, Danish, Icelandic, Ukrainian and American civilian and military members.


In the discussion of relations with neighbouring countries the main attention was paid to the Trans-Dniestr region situation. Moldovan representatives assured that the main decision will be made within the 5+2 framework with participation of Moldovan, Russian, Ukrainian, Trans-Dniestr, and ESBO representatives, and under observation of the EU and the USA representatives.


Military cooperation of Lithuania and Moldova began in 2006. Lithuania provides consultations for Moldova in the fields of defence reforms and public relations, invites Moldovan officers to educational and security courses at the General Jonas Zemaitis Lithuanian War Academy, and provides financing for the studies of one Moldovan student at the Baltic Defence College in Tartu (Estonia).

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