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Source: European Union (EU)
10 January 2005



CFSP statement
Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on the Palestinian presidential election
10-01-2005 • CFSP
Statement • General Affairs and External Relations
    ( EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy)



The European Union wishes to congratulate Mr Mahmoud Abbas on his election as President of the Palestinian Authority. It pays tribute to the Palestinian people and government for the commitment to democracy that they have just demonstrated. The EU’s election observation mission, led by MEP Michel Rocard, confirmed that the Palestinian presidential elections proceeded in a satisfactory manner given the difficult circumstances. The European Union welcomes the considerable turnout of voters at the first presidential elections since 1996. By taking part in the elections the Palestinians seized the opportunity to determine their future and realise their aspirations to peace and democracy.


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