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Non-recognition of the elections in South Ossetia by the EU is the manifestation of the “double standard”2009-06-02 10:11
The non-recognition of South Ossetian elections by the EU is the predictable manifestation of the "double standards," said Leonid Slutskiy, the first deputy of the Duma committee for foreign affairs - ITAR TASS.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"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 Czech presidency stated yesterday.
They highlight the EU regards South Ossetia as a part of Georgia and doesn't intend to recognize its sovereignty, as well as Abkhazia's one. In response Slutskiy reminded that that the OSCE, which refused to send observers for the elections, under pretence of the republic's non-being the organization member, in end 2007 happily recognized elections in Kosovo, with predominantly only Albanians participating.
"Facts of forming bodies of power, including legislative, in that Serbian province became part of Marti Akhtisaari's plan for Kosovo's separation from Serbia, which was later recognized by the majority of the EU countries. That time they kept silence about the territorial integrity and settlement of interethnic conflicts", the MP mentioned.
"No serious violations in the process of polling were detected, compliance of the republic's legislative base to the demanded democratic international standards is noticed", the Mp said and added that observers not only from Russia, but also from Germany, Italy and Poland were present; and therefore the legitimacy of the South Ossetian elections is "out of doubt" and cannot be disputed.
According to the latest data, Unity party is leading with 47.63 per cent of votes; the Communist party got 23.53 per cent; the People's party - 18.88 per cent; Fydyrbasta [Fatherland] - 6.96. Only parties that manage to meet the 7-percent threshold will win places in the parliament.