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The EU president Czech Republic regards the parliamentary elections in South Ossetia as “illegitimate”2009-06-01 14:13
The Czech Republic, the EU president country, on behalf of the EU called the elections held in past Sunday in South Ossetia "illegitimate" and reiterated its support to the territorial integrity of Georgia - RIA Novosti.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"The EU is aware that „parliamentary elections "took place in the South Ossetian region of Georgia on 31 May 2009. The EU does not accept the legality of the "elections", nor its results. The holding of such elections is illegitimate and represents a setback in the search for a peaceful and lasting settlement of the situation in Georgia. The EU reiterates its firm support for sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders," the statement at the official site of the EU presidency claims.
It's worthy noticing that on Monday a group of 11 international observers, representing Italy, Germany, Poland, and Russia mentioned they noted "coincidence of the legislative basis of republic of South Ossetia to demanded democratic international standards". According to observers, the elections were held "in the atmosphere of pluralism, with provision of clear democratic alternatives to voters, and complying with common democratic standards".
The polls were well organized and held in peaceful and calm atmosphere, the statement of observers claim. No serious violations were detected. The processing of results caused no negative remarks. Observers mentioned good knowledge of electoral procedures by both voters and organizers. According to tentative data, the voting turnover amounted 81.93 per cent. These were the first elections since the times of South Ossetia's recognition by Russia.