EU’s Solana concerned over violence in Moldova

BRUSSELS, April 7 – European Union (EU) foreign policy and security chief Javier Solana expressed concern on Tuesday about violence in the Moldovan capital, Chisinau, following Sunday’s parliamentary elections.

“I am very concerned over the situation in Chisinau,” said Solana in a statement. 

“I call on all sides to refrain from violence and provocation. Violence against government buildings is unacceptable,” he said. “Equally important is the respect for the inalienable right of assembly of peaceful demonstrators.”

Student protesters in Chisinau broke into the parliament building on Tuesday. They took furniture out and set fire on it in the street.

International election observers noted in their preliminary findings that the elections met many international standards and commitments, but that further improvements were required to ensure an electoral process free from undue administrative interference and to increase public confidence, said Solana.

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