Armenia and U.S. Celebrate Opening of Zar Peacekeeping Training Area
Armenian and U.S. leaders celebrated the re-opening of the Zar Peacekeeping Training Area (Zar PTA) in Yerevan, Armenia, to increase the readiness and training of the 12th Peacekeeping Brigade (PKB), Oct. 31, 2017.

STUTTGART, Germany – Armenian and U.S. leaders celebrated the re-opening of
the Zar Peacekeeping Training Area (Zar PTA) in Yerevan, Armenia, to
increase the readiness and training of the 12th Peacekeeping Brigade (PKB),
Oct. 31, 2017.

“By renovating this facility, the U.S. government is contributing to the
Armenian Ministry of Defense’s efforts to boost training readiness,” said
U.S. Embassy Armenia Chargé d'Affaires Rafik Mansour. “This will have a
noticeable impact on the 12th PKB’s ability to deploy in support of
peacekeeping operations worldwide.”

Armenia and the U.S. have a longstanding partnership built on a common
vision of a Europe that is whole, free and at peace, celebrating 25 years of
diplomatic relations.

“The opening of the Zar PTA is a strong symbol of the cooperation between
the United States and Armenia,” said Brig. Gen. Dawne Deskins, deputy
director, partnering and missile defense, representing U.S. European Command
at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “We look forward to many more years together
bringing greater security throughout the region.”

The goal of the Zar PTA is to establish a permanent cadre and support staff,
which will provide regional and international partners continuous use of the
facility.

The 12th PKB is an Armenian unit that contributes troops to multinational
peacekeeping missions.

Mansour commented on Armenia’s contributions to international peacekeeping
operations. “Armenia’s deployment of troops to places like Afghanistan,
Kosovo, and Lebanon has demonstrated a commitment to make the world a safer
place,” he said.

In the face of new challenges to European security in the 21st century, it
is vital for Armenia and the U.S. to work together to strengthen security,
stability and prosperity in the region.

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U.S. European Command is one of two U.S. forward-deployed geographic
combatant commands whose area of focus spans across Europe, portions of Asia
and the Middle East, the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. The command is
comprised of more than 60,000 military and civilian personnel and is
responsible for U.S. defense operations, relations with NATO and 51
countries. For more information about U.S. European Command, visit
http://www.eucom.mil/.

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