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Moldova’s KFOR-7 started peacekeeping mission in Kosovo

On June 8th, the sixth contingent of peacekeepers of Moldova’s National Army finished its six months long mission KFOR in Kosovo. Thus, KFOR-6 was replaced by 41 soldiers led by lieutenant colonel Andrei Țaranu- KFOR-7.

The authority transfer took place at the Multinational Camp Vilaggio in Pech, Kosovo. The Multinational Battle Group together with soldiers from Italy, Austria and Slovenia participated at the ceremony.

On June 9th, the soldiers of KFOR-6 were welcomed home and were awarded by the Defense Ministry and the Minister for Reintegration.

The KFOR peacekeeping mission in Kosovo is the result of common efforts of the United Nations, the European Union and NATO to maintain the a peaceful environment in the region. Moldova’s National Army participates in peacekeeping in Kosovo since March 2014.

Currently studying International Relations at the University of Pécs, Hungary. Study focus: Transnistrian conflict settlement, Moldovan statehood, Moldovan democracy.

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Moldova deploys 8th contingent KFOR-8 for peacekeeping mission in Kosovo

On December 4th, the Defense Ministry of Moldova launched the deployment of the eighth contingent of the National Army in the peacekeeping mission KFOR in Kosovo. This mission, KFOR-8, is to replace the current one- KFOR-7.

The 8th contingent is formed out of 40 military soldiers: seven minesweepers and 33 soldiers that will execute missions of the security guard of the military units and missions of patrolling. The Moldovan soldiers will be part of the Multinational Battle Group-West and will be based at the Italian Camp Vilaggio in Pech, Kosovo.

The mission of KFOR-8 in Kosovo will last for 6 months.

The KFOR peacekeeping mission in Kosovo is the result of common efforts of the United Nations, the European Union, and NATO to maintain a peaceful environment in the region.

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Moldova withdraws ambassadors from the Netherlands, Lithuania, Belgium and the US

On 1 November, the Foreign Ministry of Moldova requested the Government to withdraw four ambassadors from Lithuania, the Netherlands, the United States and Belgium (+Luxembourg and NATO).

The following ambassadors of Moldova will be withdrawn:

  • Valeriu Frija- the ambassador in Lithuania, politically delegated (suggested by the Liberal Party), had two more years of his mandate left;
  • Emilian Brenici- the ambassador in the Netherlands, his mandate expired;
  • Aureliu Ciocoi- the ambassador in the United States of America since July 2017, submitted a resignation letter based on personal reasons;
  • Iurie Reniță- the ambassador in Belgium, Luxembourg, and NATO, politically delegated (suggested by the Liberal Party), had two more years of his mandate left.

Lilian Darii, the current foreign vice-minister for the Transnistrian conflict settlement, would probably represent Moldova in Belgium, Luxembourg and at the NATO. In addition, Sergiu Mihov would replace Valeriu Frija in the seat of Ambassador of Moldova to the Republic of Lithuania.

Contrary to the rumors about his dismissal, the Ambassador in Romania, H.E. Mihai Gribincea, stays in his office because he allegedly proved to be a good diplomat and was even invited to join the bureaucratic body of Moldova’s Foreign Ministry in the next cycle of ambassadorship.

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Moldova Foreign Ministry to suddenly replace ambassadors in Romania, Belgium and Lithuania

Ziarul de Gardă recently reported about the project of Moldova’s Foreign Ministry to replace ambassadors in Romania, Belgium (+Luxembourg and NATO) and Lithuania.

According to ZdG’s source, the agreement requests for the future ambassadors have been sent on 27 October to authorities from Bucharest, Brussels and Vilnius. The replacements would thus happen two years before the mandates of the current ambassadors end.

Ion Stăvilă, MFA’s ambassador for special missions, would be deployed to Romania. Lilian Darii, the foreign vice-minister for the Transnistrian conflict settlement, would represent Moldova in Belgium, Luxembourg and at the NATO. Last, but not least, Sergiu Mihov would replace Valeriu Frija in the seat of Ambassador of Moldova to the Republic of Lithuania.

Moldova’s Ambassador to Belgium, Iurie Reniță, and Moldova’s Ambassador to Romania, Mihai Gribincea. Source: deschide.md

The current ambassadors to Romania and Belgium, Mihai Gribincea, and Iurie Reniță respectively, already confirmed for Deschide.md, although with confusion about the reasons, that they received agreement request from Moldova’s MFA.

Ziarul de Gardă is now expecting an answer from the Moldovan MFA regarding the reasons of the sudden replacements, the reasons the next ambassadors were chosen and if these actions have anything to do with the upcoming Parliamentary elections.

Some suspect that the replacement of the ambassador in Romania is a follow-up of President Dodon’s request to dismiss him because of his comments on the decision to strip Romanian ex-President Traian Băsescu of Moldovan citizenship. Additionally, both Darii and Stăvilă can reinforce Moldova’s positions in the EU, NATO and in Romania in regard to the possible developments in the Transnistrian conflict settlement and the problem of Russian military presence in the region.

In March 2017, Moldova’s Ambassador to Russia, Dumitru Braghiș, was also suddenly replaced by the Socialist MP Andrei Neguța as a result of an apparent deal of sharing ambassadorships between President Dodon and the Democrat Government.

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