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Referendum in Cis-Dniestria: Democratic and Free Choice

Referendum in Cis-Dniestria: Democratic and Free Choice
The Head of the Central Electoral Commission (CEC) of the Cis-Dniestrian Moldavian Republic, Peter Denisenko, has announced the official returns of the referendum on the republic's independence and its possible adjunction to Russia.

According to the CEC, the general turnout across the republic was 78.6 percent.

The first query of the referendum – "Do you support the course toward the Cis-Dniestrian Moldavian Republic's independence and Cis-Dniestria's subsequent free adjunction to Russia?" – received 97.1 percent of positive votes and 2.3 percent negative.

On the second query – "Do you deem possible to give up the Cis-Dniestrian Moldavian Republic's independence so that it could subsequently join the Republic of Moldova?" – 94.6 percent of ballots were negative and 3.4 percent positive.

"No serious criticism has been made by international observers, parties, movements, the CEC and territorial electoral commissions. Criticisms of a technical nature were straightened out at once", said the CEC head. According to P. Denisenko, the people of Cis-Dniestria "have made their democratic and free choice in conformity with international law standards".

About 130 observers from CIS countries and Europe, who came to Tyraspol, have also qualified the referendum as conforming to international standards, whereas Moldavia, Ukraine, OSCE and EU have in advance declared it illegal. US president G. Bush has already called on Russia not to recognize the results of the Cis-Dniestrian referendum.

Russian Foreign Minister S. Lavrov has urged the international community not to dramatize the situation. The holding of the referendum, in Russian view, has become a natural reaction to Cis-Dniestria's economic blockade. Besides, Moscow considers it important to know the attitude of the peoples of the self-proclaimed republics to the basic problems of state set-up.

In this context, the Russian Foreign Ministry has called on all parties to stop speculating on the role and significance of the Cis-Dniestrian referendum and has drawn their attention to the necessity of normalizing the conditions for Cis-Dniestrian external economic activities.

The referendum was held on September 17, in pursuance of the resolution of the 4th Congress of Cis-Dniestrian deputies of all levels. A total of 390,000 people were eligible for expressing their will.
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