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US military staff participating in Saber Guardian 19 by error damage crops in Ialomita County. USAREUR apologises for mistakenly driving through Romanian farm village

Military staff with the US Army who on Thursday afternoon were acting in unfavourable weather conditions during the Saber Guardian 19 multinational exercise’s training activities in the area of the Ialomita Island, have crossed by mistake with the armoured fighting vehicles an agricultural plot, their move resulting in damaging the crops, a release by the Press Office of the National Defence Ministry (MApN) informs.

The said zone was not located on the path previously agreed upon with the local authorities and the economic operators owners of the area’s landplots.

The source specified that “a committee made up of MApN officials and of the US Army is analysing the circumstances of the incident”.

“At 18:30, a reunion took place at the seat of the Stelnica town hall between the committee’s representatives and the ones of the Stelnica town hall and the landowners, to assess the damages, establish the amount of the damages and the way they should be granted, in conformity with the National legislation and the bilateral accords in force,” the MApN release added.

 

USAREUR apologises for mistakenly driving through Romanian farm village

 

The United States Army on Friday apologised for its soldiers on armoured combat vehicles having mistakenly driven through a Romanian farming village in an area of Fetesti, Ialomita County.

According to a press statement released by United States Army Europe (USAREUR) and reposted by the Romanian Ministry of National Defence (MApN), US officials say the affected landowners will receive compensation under a NATO claims process.

“The U.S. Army has the utmost respect for the Romanian people and apologizes for the inconvenience caused by the incident. There is a NATO claims process in place for such occurrences and we will ensure those affected understand the procedures for compensation for their losses,” reads the statement.

USAREUR also says that they are working closely with Romanian military and civilian authorities to investigate the incident and ensure incidents like this do not occur in the future.

“The vehicles were participating in Saber Guardian 2019 multinational exercise co-led by Romania’s Joint Forces Command. We appreciate Romania hosting this exercise and are thankful for their cooperation and support of their armed forces,” the statement says.

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