Joschka pleased with elections - in Afghanistan

19th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

19 September 2005, BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer Monday congratulated the Afghan people following the first parliamentary elections in almost four decades. "After decades of war, civil war and violence, these elections constitute a further milestone on the road to a secure, stable, free and democratic Afghanistan," Fischer said in Berlin. He paid tribute to the Afghan people who took part in Sunday's vote. "Despite terror and threats of violence, directed in particular at women voters an

19 September 2005

BERLIN - German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer Monday congratulated the Afghan people following the first parliamentary elections in almost four decades.

"After decades of war, civil war and violence, these elections constitute a further milestone on the road to a secure, stable, free and democratic Afghanistan," Fischer said in Berlin.

He paid tribute to the Afghan people who took part in Sunday's vote.

"Despite terror and threats of violence, directed in particular at women voters and candidates, the people of Afghanistan have shown admirable courage in participating in the elections," Fischer said.

The majority of Afghans had reaffirmed their commitment to democracy, Fischer said, pledging that the German government would continue to support reconstruction and stability in the central Asian country.

DPA

Subject: German news

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