The European Union is pleased to note that the elections in Liberia on 11 October have been considered by international observers, in particular the European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) in its preliminary assessment, to have so far been peaceful and generally well administered. The elections mark an important step forward in returning Liberia to a normally functioning state. The European Union congratulates the people of Liberia for turning out in large numbers to demonstrate a clear commitment to peace and democracy, and a desire to move on from the period of the conflict that has beset their nation.
The European Union calls upon all political contestants to continue to demonstrate the responsibility they have shown throughout the process so far and to accept the democratic decision of the Liberian people. The European Union reaffirms its intention to continue to support Liberia on its path towards a stable democratic future. The EU EOM will remain in country to observe all remaining aspects of the election process, including a second round if this is required.
The Acceding Countries Bulgaria and Romania, the Candidate Countries Turkey and Croatia1, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro, EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova align themselves with this declaration.
1 Croatia continues to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.