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Australia welcomes new vote in Ukraine.



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MEDIA RELEASE MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS ALEXANDER DOWNER

FA165 5 December 2004

AUSTRALIA WELCOMES NEW VOTE IN UKRAINE

I welcome the announcement by Ukraine’s Central Election Commission that a re-run of the second round of Ukraine’s presidential elections will be held on 26 December.

This decision follows the ruling by Ukraine’s Supreme Court on 3 December declaring the results of the election on 21 November to be invalid due to widespread irregularities and fraud.

The decision to re-run the election is a victory for the forces of democracy in Ukraine.

I urge Ukrainian authorities to take all steps necessary to ensure the next vote is free, fair, and properly representative of the will of the Ukrainian people.

Media inquiries: Chris Kenny (Ministerial) 0419 206 890 DFAT Media Liaison 02 6261 1555

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