Catherine Ashton and Štefan Füle issue statement on presidential elections in Azerbaijan
“The strong turnout in the election demonstrates the commitment of the people of Azerbaijan to the democratic process,” says the statement issued by EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton and Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle on presidential elections in Azerbaijan.
The statement says: “"The High Representative and the Commissioner take note of the preliminary findings and conclusions of the OSCE/ODIHR International Election Observation Mission to the Azerbaijan Presidential Election of 9 October 2013.
The OSCE/ODIHR's preliminary conclusions state that significant problems were observed throughout all stages of election day processes which need to be addressed in order for Azerbaijan to fully meet its international commitments
The High Representative and the Commissioner, noting the statement of the European Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe's delegations, welcome the will of the Azerbaijani authorities to have a large presence of national and international observers.
They further encourage the Azerbaijan authorities to consider the recommendations of the international community, with a view to continuing to develop the path towards democracy and the rule of law in Azerbaijan.
The High Representative and the Commissioner look forward to continuing our close cooperation with Azerbaijan as we pursue together our important bilateral agenda under the Eastern Partnership and the European Neighbourhood Policy."