The Filip government announces: the NATO office will be opened in Chisinau in April
The NATO liaison office will be opened in Chisinau in April. About this announced the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lilian Darii.
At the beginning of the Government meeting today, the Prime Minister Pavel Filip requested from the Deputy Foreign Minister, Lilian Darii, information about opening of the NATO office in Chisinau but also about whether there are certain barriers to this process. The deputy minister said that the opening is planned for the month of April 2017.
"On 29 November 2016 an agreement was signed between the North Atlantic Alliance and the Republic of Moldova on the opening of an office of NATO. After the finalisation of the legislative matter, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration (MFAEI) informed NATO about this. Since then NATO headquarters identified the person who will lead this Office. This is Crisitina Baleisyte from Latvia who served as deputy head of NATO Liaison Office in Georgia," said Darii,
In the end the Prime Minister asked not to be admitted delays and to be informed regularly about opening of the office.
We remind you that yesterday President Igor Dodon transmitted to the Deputy Secretary General of NATO, Rose Gottemoeller, that it is not the right time to open now a NATO Office in Chisinau, at the same time he urged NATO to sign an agreement recognizing the status of permanent neutrality.
During his visit to Brussels, Igor Dodon had a meeting with NATO Deputy Secretary General, Rose Gottemoeller. The head of state said that he expressed his concern about the opening of NATO Office, noting that it is too early and that does not exclude that if this office will be open then he as president will return to this topic, leaving understandable that he will seek to ensure that this office is not open.