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March 1, 2021

First Romanian female gendarme to join international mission under UN aegis

The Romanian Gendarmerie announces the participation of their first female officer in an international mission under the aegis of the UN. She is Lieutenant Colonel Carmen – Claudia Popescu, and together with two male officers, Major Cristian Filip and Major Virgiliu Besca, will be deployed Saturday to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic Mission (MINUSCA) for a 12-month tour of duty.

According to a press statement released by the Romanian Gendarmerie on Friday, the three were selected by taking a United Nations Selection Assistance and Assessment Team (UN-SAAT) test in June 2016 that included language competency assessment, driving competency assessment, as well as weapons handling and shooting assessment.

All three are on their first such mission.

MINUSCA’s mandate includes support for the transition process; facilitating humanitarian assistance; promotion and protection of human rights; support for justice and the rule of law; disarmament; demobilization; reintegration; repatriation processes.

Currently, the Romanian Gendarmerie is successfully represented by 25 officers in 12 international missions.

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