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Opening of NATO Liaison Office in Moldova scheduled for beginning of December 2017

The NATO Liaison Office in Moldova will be launched at the beginning of December 2017. The Deputy Secretary-General Rose Gottemoeller will participate at the inauguration in Chișinău. The announcement was made at the meeting of the Moldovan Prime-Minister Pavel Filip and the NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels, on November 23rd.

The Prime-Minister and the Secretary-General discussed the achievements done together in the 25 years of diplomatic relations. Filip confirmed Moldova’s interest in political dialogue and cooperation with the Alliance within the Individual Partnership Action Plan Moldova-NATO for 2017-2019.

In his turn, Stoltenberg reiterated NATO’s respect for Moldova’s neutrality choice:

“Prime-Minister, we understand and respect that Moldovan does not want to join NATO. It is up to your country- and your country alone- to choose your own security arrangements”, said he.

Both officials reconfirmed support for common initiatives such as the participation of Moldovan soldiers in the Kosovo peacekeeping mission, but also the project of destruction of dangerous pesticides, landmines and surplus munitions in Moldova.

The discussion took place in the context of the Eastern Partnership Summit held in Brussels.

The launch of the Liaison Office has reportedly been delayed because of some technical and construction issues. The chief officer of the NATO Office in Chișinău, Kristina Baleisyte, is already in Moldova since June 2017.

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James Pettit: The process of European integration is slowing down

Compared to the year 2016, Moldova’s European integration process has recently slowed down. The statement belongs to the US Ambassador to Chisinau, James Pettit. During a show at TVR Moldova television, the diplomat mentioned that a cause of the slowdown may be the fact that the Republic of Moldova is on the verge of parliamentary elections, IPN reports.

The ambassador considers that the biggest challenge in terms of European integration of the Republic of Moldova is corruption, which exists in all areas. At the same time, the diplomat claims that there are several areas that are not working well, including the legal sector that has not made much progress in recent years. As a national tragedy, the ambassador called the migration of the population of the Republic of Moldova.

The Ambassador said that the US is providing training through its programs for judges, lawyers, and civil servants.

“From time to time we have experts in the US or in Europe who can train these officials,” declared Pettit.

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Former communist deputy – the candidacy of the Government for the position of ambassador of R. Moldova in Switzerland

Oxana Domenti, the communist deputy who, in December 2017, renounced the parliamentary mandate and announced that she left politics, is the candidature of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration (MFAEI) for the position of Moldovan ambassador in the Swiss Confederation.

Today, September 12, her candidacy was approved by the Parliamentary Foreign Policy and European Integration Commission. Moreover, the Ambassador will hold the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Moldova at the UN Office in Geneva.

Pursuant to the Article 10 of the Law on Diplomatic Service, plenipotentiary ambassadors, permanent representatives, envoys and permanent envoys of duty, heads of diplomatic missions – are appointed and recalled by the President of the Republic of Moldova on a Government proposal.

Respectively, the candidacy of Oxana Domenti is to be approved by the members of the Executive, and the appointment decree is to be signed by the president Igor Dodon.

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Andrian Candu about the 7 expelled Turkish citizens: the case is not related to today’s government in Moldova or Turkey

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Today, Andrian Candu, Parliament Speaker, held a press conference after the parliamentary hearings in the case of the expulsion of 7 Turkish citizens from the country, organized on the platform of the National Security, Defense and Public Order Commission and the Parliamentary Control Committee on the Information and Security Service.

“It should be noted that this subject is complicated. Since 1997-1998, the SIS has overwhelmed terrorism (n.red: referring to the 7 Turkish expelled citizens). In the last 3-4 years, 48 foreign persons are oversight. 18 were declared undesirable and 7 were expelled. They have no connection with whoever is in Moldova or Turkey,” declared Candu among other statements.

According to the official, during the last 4-5 years, there are 60-70 expulsions and this is not a novelty for the authorities.

After completing his speech, Andrian Candu left the conference room without answering the questions of any attending journalists.

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