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Moldova Liquidates Soviet-Era Pesticides

Chemical technicians in Moldova, aided by NATO specialists, have started clearing tons of pesticides remaining from the Soviet era, preparing the chemicals to be transported and destroyed in Poland. The initiative took place during a visit by NATO Assistant Secretary-General for Emerging Security Challenges Gabor Iklody, who is in Moldova to take part in "NATO Week" events promoting the alliance's goals.

Chemical specialists collect and package dangerous pesticides in the village of Dceni.
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Chemical specialists collect and package dangerous pesticides in the village of Dceni.

Some 6000 tons of pesticides from the Soviet era remain in Moldova. The current liquidation project, supported by NATO, will eliminate a quarter of that amount.
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Some 6000 tons of pesticides from the Soviet era remain in Moldova. The current liquidation project, supported by NATO, will eliminate a quarter of that amount.

Moldova does not have the technology to safely dispose of its Soviet-era chemical stocks. The pesticides will be transported through Ukraine to Poland for incineration.
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Moldova does not have the technology to safely dispose of its Soviet-era chemical stocks. The pesticides will be transported through Ukraine to Poland for incineration.

A guard of honor with NATO flags marks the start of the initiative.
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A guard of honor with NATO flags marks the start of the initiative.

NATO Assistant Secretary-General Gabor Iklody (left) cuts a ribbon at the clearance site with Moldovan Defense Minister Vitalie Marina (center) and Romanian Ambassador Marius Lazurca.
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NATO Assistant Secretary-General Gabor Iklody (left) cuts a ribbon at the clearance site with Moldovan Defense Minister Vitalie Marina (center) and Romanian Ambassador Marius Lazurca.

Minister of the Interior Dorin Recean (right) attends the ceremony.
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Minister of the Interior Dorin Recean (right) attends the ceremony.

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