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Deal on OSCE role in Serbian elections welcomed

Author: The Sofia Echo staff Date: Wed, May 02 2012 5979 Views
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Slavica Đukić-Dejanović, speaker of Serbia’s parliament and the country’s acting president, said on May 1 that an agreement had been reached with the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) about the holding of presidential and parliamentary elections in Kosovo, Belgrade-based news service Tanjug said.
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton welcomed the agreement reached on OSCE facilitation of voting in Kosovo in the Serbian parliamentary and presidential elections, expressing her appreciation and full support to the OSCE for carrying out this facilitating role, her office said in a media statement.
"I call on both Pristina and Belgrade to continue to co-operate with the OSCE in good faith so that the vote is held in a peaceful and orderly way. I call on all sides to refrain from any action which may spark tensions," Ashton said.
EULEX will monitor the security environment and will execute its mandate in close co-operation with the other international and local organisations involved, she said.
Bulgarian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Vessela Tcherneva said that the agreement is yet another signal that both sides can, with constructiveness and goodwill, work together for a better future for citizens.
"We hope that this responsible approach to creating an environment of security and confidence in the forthcoming elections, which will in turn contribute to regional stability," Tcherneva said.

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