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Brussels, 18 January 2010

Statement by the European Commission on the presidential elections in Ukraine

The European Commission made the following statement on the presidential elections in Ukraine which took place on 17 th January.

“The Commission welcomes the positive conduct of the first round of the presidential elections in Ukraine on 17 th January, 2010. In this regard it notes the assessment of the election made by the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission.

The Commission welcomes in particular the fact that Election Day was preceded by a vigorous campaign which presented the voters with a genuine choice; that the elections took place in a peaceful atmosphere and that there was a high turn out of voters.

The Commission expects that the leaders of Ukraine will ensure that the next round of voting on 7 th February will take place in a similarly peaceful environment and that it will build on the positive aspects of the first round.

The Commission therefore calls on the authorities to implement the recommendations of the preliminary statement of the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission in a timely manner.

The European Union will continue to support Ukraine in its democratic development and looks forward to the further deepening of EU-Ukraine relations.”

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