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US, UK, France, Germany, Italy decry Assad regime’s decision to hold election outside UN framework

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Washington, May 26 (MNN) The US, UK France, Germany, and Italy have denounced Assad regime’s decision to hold presidential election on May 26 outside of the framework given in a UN Security Council Resolution.

“We wish to make clear that Syria’s presidential election will neither be free nor fair. We support the voices of all Syrians, including civil society organisations and the Syrian opposition, who have condemned the electoral process as illegitimate,” a joint statement released by US Secretary of State Antony J Blinken, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, and UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Tuesday (local time).

They said free and fair elections should be convened under UN supervision to the highest international standards of transparency and accountability.

For an election to be credible, all Syrians should be allowed to participate, including internally displaced Syrians, refugees, and members of the diaspora, in a safe and neutral environment.

“We reiterate our firm support for the UN Special Envoy for Syria’s efforts to promote a political settlement, based on all aspects of UNSCR 2254, which protects the future prosperity and the rights of all Syrians, including the right to vote in free and fair elections.”

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