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CSTO expects presidential election in Afghanistan to be secure

April 04, 2014, 0:08 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Collective Security Treaty Organisation adopted a statement on Afghanistan
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MOSCOW, April 03, /ITAR-TASS/. Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) adopted a statement on Afghanistan at Thursday’s meeting of foreign ministers of the CSTO member states.

The statement says that the CSTO expects the presidential election in Afghanistan to be held successfully and in line with the security requirements.

“We confirm our adherence to the emergence of Afghanistan as a responsible regional partner and a peaceful, sovereign, neutral and economically prosperous state free from terrorism and drug-related crimes,” the statement reads.

“We hail the presidential election and the elections to provincial councils in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, scheduled for April 5, 2014,” it says. “We are hopeful the election will be held successfully, in strict accordance with legislation and with all the requirements ensuring security, law and order. We are confident Afghanistan’s government, with the assistance from the world community, has taken all the measures necessary to provide every Afghan citizen eager to participate in voting with an opportunity to do so.”

Besides, the CSTO member states have come forward for “holding honest, transparent and democratic elections in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the results of which will be recognised as legitimate and will reflect the will of the country’s majority.”

“We anticipate that the voting results will enhance peace in the country and consolidate the Afghan nation,” the statement said. “Meanwhile, the president-elect will hold on to the course of economic revival and sustainable political growth of the country as well as reconciliation inside the country and well-being of its population.

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