We, the foreign ministers of Germany, the United States, France, Italy and the United Kingdom, make it clear that the May 26 presidential elections in Syria will neither be free nor fair. We deplore the decision of the Bashar al-Assad regime to organize elections outside the framework specified in UN Security Council Resolution 2254, and we support all Syrians, including civil society organizations and the Syrian opposition, which they described as illegal and condemned the elections. Process.
As stated in the resolution, free and fair elections must be held, under the auspices of the United Nations, in accordance with the highest international standards of transparency and accountability. For elections to be credible, all Syrians, including displaced Syrians, refugees, and members of the diaspora, must be able to participate in a safe and neutral environment.
In the absence of these elements, these rigged elections do not in any way constitute progress on the road to a political settlement. We urge the international community to categorically reject this attempt by the Bashar al-Assad regime to restore legitimacy without stopping its gross violations of human rights or substantially participating in the political process facilitated by the United Nations to end the conflict.
We reaffirm our strong support for the efforts of the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General to Syria towards a political settlement, based on all aspects of Security Council Resolution 2254, that protects the future prosperity and rights of all Syrians, including the right to vote in free and fair elections.
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