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Moldova: Seminar on law of armed conflict for peace-keeping forces

26-09-2003 News Release 03/117

On 19 and 20 September the officers commanding the peace-keeping forces stationed in the security zone along the Dniester river attended a seminar on the law of armed conflict held in the town of Dubossary (30 km north-east of Chisinau).

The peace-keeping forces, which comprise Russian, Moldovan and Transnistrian troops and Ukrainian military observers, were deployed in the security zone after the 1992 internal conflict between Moldova and its Transnistrian territory. The ICRC had already addressed a few of their officers at a seminar organized by the Russian Ministry of Defence in 1998. The seminar held in Dubossary, which was organized by the forces’ joint command, enabled 36 senior Russian, Moldovan, Transnistrian and Ukrainian officers to discuss aspects of the law of armed conflict and the training of troops serving in this unstable region.

 Further information: Sergei Prjebelski, ICRC Kyiv, tel.: ++38044 246 43 19  

 Annick Bouvier, ICRC Geneva, tel.: ++4122 730 24 58