DECIDED: NATO to open liaison office in Chisinau
A NATO Liaison Office will be set up in Chisinau. An agreement to this effect was signed by Prime Minister Pavel Filip and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Jens Stoltenberg said that the new office is a civilian one and not a military base, after talks at NATO headquarters in Brussels with Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip.
„The new NATO Liaison Office will be important for our political support but also for our practical support for the Republic of Moldova. This is a small, civilian office - not a military base. It is about cooperation, not about imposing NATO priorities or membership on Moldova. NATO fully respects Moldova’s neutrality.”, Stoltenberg declared.
Prime Minister Filip appreciated the importance of opening this office, and Moldova's inclusion in the Declaration of the Warsaw Summit.
"We signed together with the Secretary General, the opening of the liaison office in Chisinau. I use this opportunity to appreciate the inclusion of Moldova in defense capabilities, but also in the NATO Declaration from the Warsaw Summit. I also want to notice the initiation of projects such as removal of dangerous pesticides from Moldova", said the Premier, specifying that the Office concerned will be set for a better dialogue between our country and NATO.
Asked by journalists if convinced that the Moldovan parliament and President elect, Igor Dodon, will accept the opening of a NATO office, the Prime Minister said that parliament will ratify the Agreement and that the president will promulgate it.
"I'm glad that Moldova finally ended this campaign. We will be down to earth after the presidential campaign, in order to govern in the interests of Moldovan citizens," the Head of Government said.
The meeting took place during the official visit of the Moldovan Prime Minister to Brussels, having scheduled meetings with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European Parliament President, Martin Schulz and European Council President, Donald Tusk, the EU High Representative, Federica Mogherini commissioner for European neighborhood policy and enlargement negotiations, Johannes Hahn, Vice-President of the European Commission, in charge of Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič European Commissioner for the Euro and Social Dialogue as well as a Vice-President of the European Commission, Vladis Dombrovskis.
Official NATO and Moldova relations began in 1992 when Moldova joined the North Atlantic Cooperation Council. Relations expanded when Moldova joined the Partnership for Peace programme in 1994.
It is worth mentioning that the revival of relations Moldova - NATO, was boosted when Defense Minister, Anatol Salaru took over position .
In 2016, Moldova has registered a premiere in relation to NATO for the first time, a final communiqué of the summit ally assigned a separate paragraph on Alliance's position towards Moldova.
"In Wales, we extended the Defence and Related Security Capacity Building Initiative to the Republic of Moldova. Since then, Allies and partners have provided expertise and advice in support of the ongoing defence reform process to strengthen the capabilities of the Moldovan armed forces and the defence sector. Allies remain committed to this work so that the country can enjoy a stable, secure and prosperous future in accordance with the values shared by European democracies. In order to realise such a future, it is important that the Republic of Moldova remains committed to the implementation of reforms that benefit all its citizens. We thank the Republic of Moldova for its contribution to NATO-led operations."