EU not recognizes elections in South Ossetia
Azerbaijan, Baku, June 1 / Trend , E. Ostapenko/ The European Union does not recognize legitimacy of parliamentary election in South Ossetia, the Czech Presidency press release said.
"The EU does not accept the legality of the "elections" nor its results," the EU said in a statement. "The holding of such elections is illegitimate and represents a setback in the search for a peaceful and lasting settlement of the situation in Georgia."
Parliamentary elections were held in Georgia's break away South Ossetia region earlier this weekend, first parliamentary elections since Russia recognized South Ossetia's independence.
Four political parties which included Unity, Communist Party, Popular Party and Fidibasta (Motherland) parties participated in the parliamentary race. Unity party won with 46.38 percent of votes, RIA Novosti quoted South Ossetia Central Election Commission as saying.
The vote was held under proportional system. Voters' lists included 52,436 voters. Six polling stations were opened in North Ossetia and one in Moscow.
The EU reiterates its firm support for sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders," the Czech Presidency which presides over the EU said.
Abkhazia and South Ossetia's breaking away from Georgia was followed by military confrontation in August 2008. The break away regions were supported by Russia which established diplomatic ties with them later.
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