CHISINAU, Moldova, 14 January (UNHCR) - UNHCR Regional Representative for Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine Mr. Oldrich Andrysek undertook his first official visit to the Republic of Moldova since assuming his function as the UNHCR Country Representative for UNHCR in Moldova in January 2013.
During his official visit Mr. Andrysek met with HE Mr. Iurie Leanca, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Ms. Natalia Gherman, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, HE Ambassador Dirk Schuebel, Head of the EU Delegation to Moldova, Ms. Isabelle Mihoubi-Astor, EU High Level Adviser to the Bureau for Migration and Asylum, senior officials of the Bureau for Migration and Asylum of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and UNHCR NGO implementing partners.
“UNHCR welcomes the achievements of the Republic of Moldova in the area of asylum and statelessness and reiterates its support for further consolidation of the institutions responsible for protecting and integrating persons in need of international protection. The progress achieved in the area of Visa Liberalization Action Plan was not easy, but it is now clear that Moldova should be used as an example for many. The fact that the Ministry of Internal Affairs is being demilitarized and its Bureau for Migration and Asylum is being reformed into a fully civilian structure are vivid examples of such progress”, said Mr. Oldrich Andrysek.