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Moldovan authorities: the Ukrainian elections did not meet international standards

Moldovan authorities have announced that they will not recognise the results of the Ukrainian presidential elections, the Foreign Ministry stating on Friday: "Moldova regrets that the results of the November 21 presidential runoff in Ukraine lacked the criteria required by Ukrainians themselves and the international community. Moldova deplores the lack of transparency in the voting process. We are concerned about the obvious distortion of fundamental democratic norms and principles, which represent the unconditional basis for our bilateral relations."

The Communist parliamentary majority had turned down on Thursday a proposal made by Christian Democratic (PPCD) lawmakers to recognise opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko winner of the Ukrainian elections. Calling stupid the PPCD initiative, Communist faction leader, Victor Stepaniuc said that "a declaration on Ukraine would be regarded as a direct interference in the internal affairs of the eastern neighbour."