Afghanistan – Presidential elections – Statement by Laurent Fabius (April 7, 2014)
On April 5, the Afghan people voted both in the first round of the presidential elections and in the provincial elections.
Despite the attempts at intimidation and acts of violence on occasion, a large number of voters went to the polls. France commends the courage and determination of the Afghan people who, in this way, signaled their determination to take control of their future and to see their country make progress on the path toward democracy and peace.
France pays tribute to the outstanding work of the Afghan security forces who oversaw the security of the ballot. It also commends the work of all those who enabled the elections to take place. At this key time for the future of the country, any disputes must be resolved within the framework of the institutions responsible for the electoral process.