U.S. Ambassador to the OSCE, Ian Kelly, congratulated the Albanians for their peaceful and active participation in the June 23-rd parliamentary elections.
“Across the country, the citizens participated massively to practice what we consider the most basic democratic right – the right to vote,” Kelly said in his address to the Permanent Council in Vienna
“We support the election observation mission of the OSCE / ODIHR and the joint assessment of ODIHR, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, the Parliamentary Assembly and the Council of Europe, who found that Albanian citizens freely express their will at the ballot boxes. We urge the authorities to finalize the count and handle any complaint in a transparent, fast way and in accordance with the rule of law, “Kelly continued.
According to Ambassador Kelly, “now that the people of Albania have made their voice heard, the United States urge all parties to work constructively together to promote democratic and economic development of Albania. The hard work of building democracy does not end when the votes are counted and the winners announced. Political leaders will be judged not by what they say but by what they do. After the formation, the new government urges to continue to strengthen the rule of law, raise standards of human rights, promote transparent and accountable governance, promote economic development and work towards sustainable democratic reforms in the way of joining the European consensus. This is a process which, as before these elections, will require that those in opposition to play a constructive role and we seek their involvement in the future of Albania “.
“We join the European Union to welcome the constructive cooperation between Election Observation Mission and the ODIHR Election Observation Mission of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly during the elections in Albania, and express our hope that this positive approach will serve as a basis upon that to renewed commitments expressed at the Decision 19/06 of the Ministerial Council and the Cooperation Agreement of 1997, “concluded his speech Ambassador Ian Kelly.
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