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Summary: EUHR Solana on approval of Constitution referendum in Iraq (25 October 2005: Brussels)
Javier SOLANA, EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) made the following statement after today's announcement in Iraq of the outcome of the recent constitutional referendum in Iraq.
"I welcome the announcement of the results of the Iraqi constitutional referendum and note with satisfaction the high voter turnout, in particular of the Sunni community. The strong participation of the electorate, under precarious security conditions, is an important contribution to the establishment of democracy in Iraq. In this respect, the work of the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq also deserves to be commended.
The results, though overall positive, shed light on deep-seated divisions among the communities of Iraq. It is important to exert all efforts to overcome these divisions and to launch preparations for the legislative elections in December as early as possible."