Press StatementThis is a stern criticism of the elections by the State Department topped with a light dressing. The pro-Serj present this as a validation of their candidate's victory; they claim it's raining when being spat on.
Tom Casey, Deputy Spokesman
February 22, 2008
Armenia: Presidential Election
We congratulate the people of Armenia on the active and competitive presidential election of February 19 and note the preliminary assessment of the OSCE’s Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and Parliamentary Assembly that the election was "mostly in line with OSCE and Council of Europe commitments and standards for democratic elections." At the same time, we also note that international monitors identified significant problems with electoral procedures. Armenian election authorities have responded with the positive step of recounts in a number of jurisdictions. We urge the Government of Armenia to ensure these recounts are conducted comprehensively and transparently, investigate all allegations of irregularities, and implement steps to improve future elections. We also urge all political forces to continue observing the rule of law and to work peacefully and responsibly for a democratic Armenia.
Released on February 22, 2008