U.S. Concerned Over Reports Of Problems In The Vote Count In The Pre

U.S. CONCERNED OVER REPORTS OF PROBLEMS IN THE VOTE COUNT IN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN ARMENIA

Mediamax
February 21, 2008

Yerevan /Mediamax/. The United States of America are concerned over
reports of problems in the vote count in the presidential elections
in Armenia, which took place on February 19.

Mediamax reports referring the international news agencies, that the
representative of the U.S. State Department Edgar Vazquez said this.

"We are still in the process of weighing the various reports we have
received concerning the conduct of this election", the U.S. diplomat
stated.

He noted that the OSCE observers called the elections "mostly in
line with international standards". However, Vazquez noted, "we are
concerned by some elements of the report, including a description of
the vote-count as ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’ in 15% of the polling stations
observed" by the OSCE team.

The representative of the U.S. State Department noted that the part of
the opposition is protesting against the results of the elections, and
urged Armenia and the demonstrators "to insure that these gatherings
have thus far proceeded calmly and peacefully".

"We call upon all sides to maintain this peaceful situation and to
refrain from any acts of illegality or violence", Edgar Vazquez.

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