Statement by the Secretary General on Ukraine Parliamentary Elections

  • 30 Oct. 2012 -
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  • Press Release (2012) 129
  • Issued on 30 Oct. 2012
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  • Last updated: 30 Oct. 2012 17:49

I welcome the strong voter turnout in the parliamentary elections.

Press point by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on the extension of his mandate

I have taken note of the concerns expressed by the International Election Observation mission in its preliminary findings regarding the conduct of the parliamentary elections in Ukraine. These preliminary findings outline a mixed picture with several shortcomings, including the lack of a level playing field and that certain aspects of the pre-election period constituted a step backwards compared with recent elections.

Ukraine is an important partner for NATO. An independent, sovereign and stable Ukraine, firmly committed to democracy and the rule of law, is key to Euro-Atlantic security. The Alliance stands ready to further assist Ukraine in its reforms.