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Summary: EU Commissioner Ferrero-Waldner welcomes results of Iraq referendum (26 October 2005: Brussels)
Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Benita Ferrero-Waldner today welcomed the result of the Iraq referendum:
“The Iraqi people are to be congratulated. The high turn out in voting on 15th October demonstrated a strong commitment to democratic change. I believe that this vote was a key step towards the building of a stable country in which differences are settled through democratic dialogue.
We must now focus on the way ahead. In December Iraqis will have the chance to vote again to elect a new government and Council of Representatives. It is important that we see an even more inclusive process, to elect an administration that is fully representative of the whole country.
The new authorities will be entrusted with a review of the Constitution, which must also be an inclusive process embracing the views and concerns of all parties.
The EU is the most significant international donor supporting the elections and referendum that are the pillars of Iraq’s political transition, contributing €80 million so far to this process.
The Commission will continue to work with the UN, to support the Iraqis in preparation of the coming elections, and in their efforts to build a stable and prosperous country with democratic and accountable institutions that can serve the interests of all the people.
The Independent Electoral Commission for Iraq, supported by the UN, deserves praise for the excellent job it has done in managing the referendum, in very demanding conditions”.