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DefMin Ciuca: Setting up of HQ MND-SE will help strengthening defence on Eastern flank

The Headquarters Multinational Division South-East (HQ MND-SE) will help strengthen the deterrence and defence position of NATO’s Eastern flank, Defence Minister Nicolae-Ionel Ciuca said, according to a press release of the Ministry of National Defence.

The clarifications were made after the Parliament adopted on Thursday, in the joint sitting of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, the decision for the establishment of the Headquarters Multinational Division South-East (HQ MND-SE) in the Sibiu garrison, with a temporary deployment to the Bucharest garrison.

“Romania’s initiative has been appreciated by NATO and accepted by allies, highlighting the strategic importance of the Black Sea region for the security of the Euro-Atlantic area and the need to increase the allied presence in this region. The Headquarters Multinational Division South-East will help strengthen the deterrence and defence position of NATO’s Eastern flank and it will also give coherence to the chain of command and control at the regional level,” said the Minister of National Defence, Nicolae-Ionel Ciuca.

The decision to establish the command was adopted following the proposal of the President of Romania at the request of the Ministry of National Defence and with the approval of the Supreme Council of National Defence (CSAT), in accordance with the provisions of Law No. 291/2007 on entry, stationing, conducting or conducting operations foreign territory on the Romanian territory.

“In the context of the radical change of the international security environment and based on the international commitments assumed by Romania, our country presented an offer to establish on the national territory a multinational command and control capability in the terrestrial field – HQ MNC-SE, which will be made available to NATO, as an integrating element of the national and allied defence plans,” specified the Ministry of National Defence.

HQ MNC-SE will have the status of an international military command, subordinated to an allied command, outside the national command and control structure.

“Regarding the organization, operation, staffing and other details necessary for the accomplishment of the HQ MNC-SE mission, these will be established by agreements concluded by the Ministry of National Defence with the military authorities of NATO and the participating allied states, and the deployment of the Command to missions outside the territory. The Romanian state will be executed at the order of the NATO military authorities,” the press release also states.

 

Headquarters Multinational Corps South-East approved in Parliament on Thursday

 

The plenary meeting of Parliament approved on Thursday, at President Klaus Iohannis’ proposal, the establishment of the Headquarters Multinational Corps South-East, as a military unit, at the Sibiu garrison, with a temporary deployment to the Bucharest garrison.

A number of 381 senators and deputies voted in favour of Parliament Decision for the set up of the Headquarters Multinational Corps South-East, and 3 abstained.

“Because of the radical changes of the international security environment, one of the most important decisions taken at the NATO Summit in Brussels in June 2018 was to adjust NATO Command Structure by highlighting the strategic importance of the Black Sea region for the security of the Euro-Atlantic space and the need to increase the allied forward presence in this region. In this context and based on the international commitments made by Romania, our country offered to host on land a multinational command and control capability – the Headquarters Multinational Corps South-East (HQ MNC-SE), to be put at NATO’s disposal, as an integrating element of the national and allied defence plans, a proposal approved by the North-Atlantic Council in June 2019,” the head of state’s letter sent to Parliament shows.

President Iohannis mentions in the quoted document that in this context, the National Defence Ministry has been mandated to inform NATO political and military authorities, allies and strategic partners regarding Romania’s demarches to establish the Headquarters Multinational Corps South-East in view of supporting, promoting and negotiating the manners in which this structure is established, operates and functions on national territory.

According to the Decision of Parliament, the Corps will have the status of an international military command subordinated on the chain of command to an allied command, outside the national command and control structure.

“The organisation, functioning, personnel employment, administration, support of the host nation, as well as other necessary detail to accomplish the mission of the Headquarters Multinational Corps South-East shall be established through agreements concluded by Romania’s National Defence Ministry with NATO military authorities and participating allied states. (…) The deployment of the Headquarters Multinational Corps South-East in missions outside the Romanian state territory will be done at the order of NATO military authorities,” reads the Decision of Parliament adopted on Thursday.

Via: Agerpres

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