New Chief for NATO Military Liaison Office in Belgrade
BELGRADE - Italian Brigadier-General Lucio Batta assumed the position of Chief of the NATO Military Liaison Office in Belgrade at a change of command ceremony held February 13th in the Old Serbian General Staff building in the Serbian capital. He replaced Italian Brigadier-General Ornello Baron.
The transfer of command authority ceremony was attended by the Serbian Minister of Defense Nebojsa Rodic, Commander of the JFC Naples Admiral Bruce Clingan, Serbian Armed Forces Chief of General Staff General Ljubisa Dikovic, members of the Serbian military and government, as well as media, NGO, and diplomatic representatives.
"I am looking forward to working with the Ministry of Defense and the Serbian Armed Forces in support of their reform efforts and I hope that our partnership will continue to be strengthened,” said Brigadier-General Batta. "NATO remains ready to continue working with Serbia on items of common interest and I’m hopeful our future efforts will be fruitful,” he added.
Brigadier-General Baron completed a two-year mandate as the Chief of the NATO Military Liaison Office in Belgrade. "It has been a distinct honor to serve in Serbia and I won’t soon forget my time here,” said Brigadier-General Baron. "I commend the professionalism and dedication of the Serbian military authorities and I wish every success to Brigadier-General Batta and his team,” he said.
Brigadier-General Batta is the sixth Chief of the NATO MLO Belgrade since its establishment in December 2006. He held the same position in 2007-2008. The NATO MLO office in Belgrade facilitates Serbian cooperation with NATO under the Partnership for Peace program, supports Serbia’s efforts in matters of defense sector reform, and provides assistance to NATO’s public diplomacy activities in the region.