MEP Kukan statement following the elections in Albania

I would like to congratulate Albanian citizens to their mature political involvement and well-handled elections. I appreciate generally peaceful conduct of the elections and comment the commitment of all major political parties to observe democratic values and principles.

I congratulate the winner of the elections and I hope that stable pro-European government will be created swiftly. I also recognize struggle of the opposition for free and fair elections and congratulate them to their results.

I would like to appeal to all political parties to continue constructive political dialogue on the EU integration issues and cooperate on necessary reforms. Following observation of the elections, I want to stress the importance of implementation of the OSCE recommendations. It is once again responsibility of all political leaders to bring the country closer to the opening of the accession negotiations.

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