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"The European Union has followed closely the presidential elections of 29 March 2015 in the Republic of Uzbekistan, including the pre-electoral phase, the campaign and the level of engagement of political parties and citizens.
We take note of the preliminary findings and conclusions of the OSCE/ODIHR Limited Election Observation Mission, including on significant aspects of the electoral process that were not in line with legal provisions on elections or with Uzbekistan's OSCE commitments and other international obligations.
It is regrettable that previous recommendations by the ODIHR were only partially implemented by the Uzbekistani authorities. The EU renews its call for these important recommendations to be fully implemented.
The EU acknowledges the will of the authorities of Uzbekistan to have a large presence of national and international observers and calls on the Uzbekistani authorities to effectively address the restrictions and irregularities mentioned in the OSCE/ODIHR preliminary statement, in particular as regards the fundamental freedoms of association and expression. The EU stands ready to assist Uzbekistan in its efforts to bring its election process in line with OSCE commitments and other international standards for democratic elections."