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Source: European Commission
20 June 2005

Conclusion of the legislative elections in Lebanon
Statement by B.Ferrero-Waldner

Brussels, 20 June 2005
“I warmly congratulate the Lebanese people and the Government of Lebanon for the successful conduct of the parliamentary elections. These elections constitute an important turning point in the history of Lebanon as a means to reaffirm full sovereignty and political independence in line with UN Security Council Resolution 1559.

I am pleased with the good organisation and conduct of the elections, as reported by the EU Election Observation Mission. I am grateful to the chief observer Ignacio Salafranca, Member of the European Parliament, and his team for all their hard work. The present elections process were an important and successful first step and provide a good basis for further progress in the broader reform of the election system in future. The recommendations of the EU observation mission should be helpful in this.

The European Commission is fully committed to provide its assistance to support reform efforts of the new Lebanese government emerging from the present elections. Close cooperation among partners will be essential to ensure that we achieve together a coordinated plan for targeted support to Lebanon.

Our first priority should now be to support the political and economic reforms that the Lebanese people have been calling for and we expect a clear commitment from the government to implement such a reform agenda.

In order to be able to respond to immediate needs of Lebanon after the elections the Commission has put together a reform support programme of €10 million, which I will soon propose to the Council.

The best way of providing support in the future is through the European Neighbourhood Policy. I am ready to launch the work on this as soon as the new government is prepared to start consultations with us on the elaboration of an Action Plan.”

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