Cablegate: Slovakia Releases Statement On Iraq Referendum
UNCLAS BRATISLAVA 000881
STATE FOR EUR/NCE, NEA/I, AND EUR/PPD
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KDEM KPAO PREL PGOV IZ LO
SUBJECT: SLOVAKIA RELEASES STATEMENT ON IRAQ REFERENDUM
REFTEL: A. STATE 199224
B. STATE 198365
1. Pursuant to reftels, Slovakia released the following
statement on the results of Iraq's October 15 referendum on the
draft constitution. The statement is available in English at the
MFA website at http://www.foreign.gov.sk/En/index.html .
BEGIN VERBATIM TEXT OF STATEMENT:
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic is pleased
with the results of the referendum on the draft constitution from
15th of October 2005, released by the Independent Electoral
Commission of Iraq, according to which 79 percent of Iraqi
citizens expressed their support. The Slovak diplomacy commends
the Iraqi people for this historic event. The high level of voter
turnout throughout the country testifies their support to the
worldwide antiterrorism alliance.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs extends its admiration and respect
to all voters who turned out to vote despite the violence and
threats against them. The completion of the referendum is
considered as a significant step of the Iraqi people towards
building a democratic and legally consistent state.
With the adoption of the constitution, Iraq can now move forward
to the next step in its political transitional process, the
holding of national elections on 15th of December 2005 and
consequently create a government to complete the process of the
democratization in Iraq.
END VERBATIM TEXT.