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    Four other countries might join NATO Multinational Division North in Adazi

    RIGA, March 13 (LETA) – Four other countries might join the headquarters of NATO Multinational Division North (MND N) in Latvia's Adazi, said Defense Minister Artis Pabriks (For Development/For) at the Saeima defense, interior affairs and corruption prevention committee meeting today.

    He said that the headquarters might reach its operational readiness in 2021.

    At present three countries are involved – Latvia, Denmark and Estonia. “There is work ongoing to ensure that other Latvian allies are also represented – Canada, the US, Germany. Also Poland has been addressed,” said Pabriks, adding that the door is open also for other countries.

    As reported, Latvian, Danish and Estonian defense ministers opened the headquarters of NATO Multinational Division North (MND N) in Latvia's Adazi on March 8.

    According to the Defense Ministry, the mission of HQ MND N is to enhance the defense capabilities of Baltic states, as well as contribute to NATO's collective deterrence and defense efforts through the command element based in the Baltics. HQ is tasked with defense planning, military training, planning and coordination of common projects. It will promote the compatibility of forces from participating countries and their interoperability in scope of common defense initiatives.

    The headquarters of Multinational Division North will be an efficient and combat-capable command unit, which will ensure joint command over division-size units, including units of the headquarters' framework nations and NATO's Enhanced Forward Presence battle groups currently deployed in the Baltic states.

    Division command will initially be comprised of officers from all participating countries - Denmark, Latvia and Estonia. Headquarters may be expanded with officers of other interested framework countries.

    Latvia is contributing military officers and administrative personnel to the headquarters, as well as the necessary infrastructure of the Adazi military base.

    Hosting of MNDN HQ will ensure stronger national defense of Latvia. It also confirms Latvia's commitment and readiness to get more actively engaged in the strengthening of collective defense and assurance of more efficient military response of NATO in scope of its long-term aspirations for greater readiness and capacity to defend its member states, the Defense Ministry said.

    • Published: 13.03.2019 16:38
    • LETA
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