The European Union is concerned by the developments in the situation in the Comoros and disapproves of the fact that the Anjouan authorities held the first round of the presidential election on the autonomous island of Anjouan, notwithstanding the decision by the Union Government to postpone the poll until 17 June 2007.
The European Union endorses the statement by the African Union that, in the absence of the African Union forces tasked with ensuring the security of the elections and of international observers, the election organised by the Anjouan authorities is not valid.
The European Union supports the efforts of the African Union, in coordination with the other representatives of the international community in the Comoros, to negotiate with the Anjouan authorities a way out of this crisis and to organise democratic elections in Anjouan.
The European Union appeals to the Comorian parties to find, with assistance from the international community, a peaceful settlement to disputes over the powers of the Union and the autonomous islands and to ensure that national unity is preserved. It calls on the Comorian authorities to make the necessary efforts to improve the functioning of their institutions.
The Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, Armenia and Georgia align themselves with this declaration.
* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.