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Press Statement
Philip T. Reeker, Deputy Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 22, 2001


United States Encourages Free and Fair Elections in Albania

The United States strongly encourages free, fair and peaceful elections when Albanians go to the polls June 24 to elect all 140 members of the national parliament.

We commend the Central Election Commission, as well as political parties across the spectrum, who have worked hard to ensure that these elections meet international standards.

In close cooperation with the OSCE Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, the Council of Europe, the European Union and other members of the international community, the United States has been actively promoting a sound election process. At the invitation of the Albanian government, we will also complement the work of domestic monitors by providing additional observers on election day.

The United States favors no individual party, coalition or candidate and looks forward to working with whomever the citizens of Albania legitimately elect. We urge all Albania's political leaders to accept the results of the elections and to work together, within legally established electoral and judicial institutions, to resolve any disputes that might arise. Respect for ballot results and a peaceful process are fundamental to democracy. The

June 24 parliamentary elections represent a crucial benchmark on Albania's path to democracy and further integration into the Euro-Atlantic mainstream.


Released on June 22, 2001

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