November 19, 2010

Senators Kerry and Lugar Call For Free And Transparent Parliamentary Elections In Moldova

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ahead of the November 28 parliamentary elections in Moldova, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) and Ranking Member Dick Lugar (R-IN) issued the following statements announcing the Senate’s passage of a resolution recognizing Moldova’s democratic accomplishments and expressing its support for free and transparent elections:

“The people and the government of Moldova have overcome a daunting set of economic and political challenges. The success of these elections is important, not only for Moldova, but for the region as a whole,” said Chairman Kerry.  “On November 28, I hope the people of Moldova have an election of the highest democratic standard that will produce a government capable of continuing necessary reforms.”

“Since independence in 1991, Moldova has made notable progress in establishing a democratic political system and a free market economy,” said Ranking Member Lugar.  “This Resolution re-affirms the United States Senate’s support for political reform and fair democratic processes with our partners in Moldova and recognizes the important steps Moldova has recently made towards European integration. I am hopeful that the upcoming election can serve as a foundation for reform-minded leaders in Moldova to make further progress toward this goal.”   

A summary of the resolution is below:

S. Res. 683: Expressing the sense of the senate recognizing the recent accomplishments of the people and Government of Moldova and expressing support for free and transparent parliamentary elections on November 28, 2010.

Full text of the resolution available upon request.

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Press Contact

CONTACT: SFRC Press Office (Kerry), 202-224-3468

Mark Helmke (Lugar), 202-224-5918