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OSCE Head Applauds Ukraine's New Democracy

5 January 2005 -- The new head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) applauded Ukraine's new democracy today and said that a democratic Ukraine is important for European stability.

Slovenian Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel met today with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Hrishchenko. At a news conference afterward, Rupel said the democratic process is working in Ukraine.

Rupel spoke on the second and final day of a two-day visit, his first foreign trip since Slovenia assumed the rotating one-year OSCE chairmanship on 1 January.

Nearly 1,000 OSCE observers monitored voting across Ukraine in the rerun poll, part of a record 12,000-plus foreign observers who registered to oversee the ballot.