Promoting the cooperation and professionalism following NATO standards – end of “Summer Campus 2012”

Today was the final day of “Summer Campus 2012” which ended by conducting the tactical exercise “Implementation of anti-insurgent operations and civil-military cooperation as an indirect approach in post-conflict management” at the Training Area “Krivolak”.

The ceremony was attended by Minister of Defence of the Republic of Macedonia, Fatmir Besimi, Minister of the Kosovo Security Force, Agim Ceku, the Chief of the Military University “Vassil Levski” – Sofia, Brigadier General Tzvetan Georgiev Harizanov and other dignitaries from the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Macedonia and the Army of the Republic of Macedonia.

On this occasion, Minister Besimi emphasized that the “Summer Campus 2012” held for the third consecutive year, is of particular importance for the attainment and development of NATO standards in the context of deployment to international peacekeeping missions.

“Today, together with Minister Ceku from Kosovo, we followed the exercise, as part of the activities of the ‘Summer Campus 2012′ with participating cadets from the Military Academy of Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Great Britain and Turkey. Such exercises are extremely important because they are conducted according to the NATO doctrine and concept for mutual cooperation and coordination of regional countries so as to achieve a successful implementation and participation in international peacekeeping missions according to the standards of the Alliance. An integral part of these missions are the participants from different countries, which together coordinate the activities and work on the successful achievement of NATO goals and the main goal of these missions – helping people in need”, emphasized Minister Besimi.

The Minister of the Kosovo Security Force, Agim Ceku, underlined the following: We consider the “Summer Campus 2012” as a great achievement and an event of great importance for several reasons. First, this is a testimony of the close cooperation we have with the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Macedonia. Second, the cadets have the opportunity to learn about peacekeeping operations, i.e. the doctrine of peacekeeping operations, and at the same time acquire an in-depth knowledge and practice the tactics and techniques for solving different situations in post-conflict operations. Third, here our cadets worked, learned and practiced in a multinational environment along with cadets from seven other countries, thus having the opportunity to establish personal contacts in order to exchange different experiences. Moreover, these seven nations learned and practiced to respect a single standard, the standard of NATO, which is of exceptional importance. “

This year’s “Summer Campus 2012” focused on two leading lines of operations, i.e. Civil-Military Operations (CIMIC) and counter-insurgent operations (COIN). Namely, the activity took place in several distinct stages, i.e. stage 1 (academic section), stage 2 (the acquisition of appropriate skills) and stage 3 (implementation of acquired knowledge and skills).

The activities organized by the Military Academy “General Mihailo Apostolski” – Skopje, supported by the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Macedonia and the General Staff was created to capture the basic contours of the modern concept of cooperative security in the context of participation of civilian and military structures in building nations. Knowing that cooperative security is the leading component which supports the new NATO strategic concept, and that cooperative security is on the agenda of the elite military academies, the “Summer Campus 2012” directly correlates to the current requirement in the education of cadets and students in the security department.

The participants on the campus were cadets from Macedonia, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Kosovo, the United Kingdom, Turkey, students from the Military Academy, University “Goce Delchev” – Shtip, University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius “- Skopje, Skopje Faculty of Security, FON University and European University RM.