EU concerned about post-election violence in Iran

June 14th, 2009 - 8:07 am ICT by IANS  

Prague, June 14 (DPA) The European Union (EU) Saturday expressed concern over the presidential election in Iran and the violence that followed the announcement of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s victory.
“The presidency is concerned about alleged irregularities duringthe election process and post-election violence that broke out immediately after the release of the official election results,” a statement released in Prague said. The Czech Republic currently holds the bloc’s rotating presidency.

The EU also hoped that the election would clear the way for fresh discussions about Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the statement said, adding that the EU expected the new president to fulfil his responsibilities towards the international community.

Ahmadinejad was re-elected as Iranian president with more than 62 percent of the vote, sparking accusations of fraud from his main rival Mir-Hossein Moussavi.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei confirmed the result and called Ahmadinejad, “president of all Iranians.” There was widespread unrest in Tehran as Moussavi’s supporters clashed with police.

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