Ministry of National Defence
Information and Public Relations Directorate
No.142 - 25 June 2015
Participation of Minister Mircea Duša in the Meeting of NATO Defence Ministers, Brussels, June 24 – 25
Today, June 25, during the ministerial, they tackled Afghanistan from the perspective of the present involvement of NATO by means of “Resolute Support” mission. The talks focused on the developments of the security environment, especially the management of the responsibility to ensure security by Afghan security and defence forces.
Another level of the dialogue concerned the ways of restructuring the direct commitment in the long run, with focus on the definition of the parameters of the future formula of the durable partnership NATO-Afghanistan. The importance of the international commitment to support Afghan security forces financially was also highlighted. Along these coordinates, the Romanian defence minister reasserted Romania's commitment to support the stabilization and reconstruction process ofn Afghanistan. He also mentioned our country's significant effort to participate in “Resolute Support”, as Romania comes third among the Allied contributors, covering a wide geographical area that includes high-risk zones (the protection of the Kandahar International Airport).
Minister Duša pointed out that Romanian authorities are considering the participation in the “Resolute Support” mission in 2016, saying we are flexible as to the configuration of the mission. The defence minister also voiced the support of a analysis process at allied level with a view to defining the time coordinates of NATO's engagement in Afghanistan, taking into account the security conditions and challenges of this theatre of operations.
On the side of the ministers' meeting, Germany hosted a reunion of the states participating in missions in northern Afghanistan (TAAC-N). The meeting was another way of extending the exchange of opinions among the allied contributors to Afghanistan on the latest main security developments. In this context, the Minister Duša appreciated Germany's role in covering the responsibility as framework nation for the Northern region, reiterating the further support of these efforts, including the ongoing presence of the training team.