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Brussels, 2 july 2011

Joint statement by High Representative Catherine Ashton and Commissioner Stefan Fule on the referendum on the new Constitution in Morocco

''We welcome the positive outcome of the referendum on the new Constitution in Morocco and commend the peaceful and democratic spirit surrounding the vote.

The reforms proposed in it constitute a significant response to the legitimate aspirations of the Moroccan people and are consistent with Morocco's Advanced Status with the EU.

The reforms include important commitments to enhancing democracy and respect for human rights; strengthening separation of powers notably by increasing the role of parliament and the independence of the judiciary; advancing regionalisation and enhancing gender equality.

Now we encourage the swift and effective implementation of this reform agenda. Moroccan citizens should remain at the centre of this process and  the inclusive dialogue with their representatives should continue and grow stronger . The European Union is ready to fully support Morocco in this endeavour.''

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