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S Ossetian residents seek peace, stability – international observer

March 31, 2012, 23:47 UTC+3
“The turnout was high and the voting was absolutely transparent,” the international observer said
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PARIS, March 31 (Itar-Tass) — Residents of South Ossetia seek peace and stability and people’s interests should be met during the Geneva discussions on Transcaucasia, one of the international observers, Olivier Dekrok, told Itar-Tass on Saturday.

Dekrok monitored the first round of elections in South Ossetia on March 25.

“The turnout was high and the voting was absolutely transparent,” the international observer said.

In his view, as a whole the elections met the criteria, for example in France. Almost four years after the armed conflict in South Ossetia “the consequences of the war can be seen, especially in Tskhinval and neighbouring settlements. After all events in South Ossetia I was astound by Ossets to seek peace and stability”, the observer noted.

Commenting on the results of the regular round of the Geneva discussions on the situation in Transcaucasia, Dekrok said he is convinced that the talks should continue. “The parties should achieve concrete results to meet the interests of peoples,” he said.

The second round of repeated presidential elections in South Ossetia is scheduled for April 8. Among candidates are Leonid Tibilov, who got 42.48 percent of votes (11.453 people) and David Sanakoyev, who got 24.58 percent of votes (6.627 people).

 

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