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Brussels, 2 June 2009

10521/1/09 REV 1 (Presse 163)

P 64

Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the EU on the "Parliamentary elections" in South Ossetia, Georgia

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 Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Azerbaijan align themselves with this declaration.

* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.

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