CSSD position on the results of the presidential elections in Russia
2012-03-13 CSSD respects the results of the presidential elections in Russia. Nonetheless, we do not believe their course was completely fair as there are strong suspicions of the exclusion of some presidential candidates from the electoral lists.
CSSD respects the results of the presidential elections in Russia. Nonetheless, we do not believe their course was completely fair as there are strong suspicions of the exclusion of some presidential candidates from the electoral lists. There are also some disturbing reports that not all the candidates were permitted to have equal access to the media.
The elections showed the emergence of a real informal opposition, which is a prerequisite for democratic conditions. Despite the loud post-election proclamations from the winner of the election, President-elect Vladimir Putin will have to take the opposition far more seriously in the future. We believe that the elections will be a challenge for Putin to strengthen democracy and proceed to political modernization of the country.
Since the Czech Republic is an important partner for Russia, we wish a fair and equal dialogue with open support for further democratic development of that country. Since many Czech companies operate in Russia today with success, it is very important to us that Russia approaches the western standards.
A strong and unified European policy towards Russia is also the most effective way to promote positive development and democratization of the country.
Lubomír Zaorálek, CSSD deputy chairman and shadow foreign minister
- ČSSD supports a diplomatic solution to the conflict in Syria
ČSSD has long-term supported a peaceful solution to the conflict in Syria. We believe that the resumption of Syrian chemical weapons under international control is a necessary prerequisite for negations of all parties to a political settlement in Syria.
- CSSD disagrees with the negative position of the Czech government towards granting Palestine a non-member observer status
CSSD welcomes the UN decision to give Palestine a non-member observer status. Clear vote of the majority of UN countries is a positive step towards a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
- ČSSD position on the reminder of the 70th anniversary of the Lidice tragedy
ČSSD appreciates the letter from German president Joachim Gauck on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Lidice tragedy. The liquidation of Deputy Reich-Protector Heydrich is a key event in Czech history. With this deed the Czech nation stood up for the defence of the values of European culture before one of their greatest threats, German Nazism. We believe it is very important to be able to reflect the event of those days together. We appreciate the fact that the German president says that Germany realises its political responsibility for the events and expresses his sympathy with the suffering and pain. We regard President Gauck’s letter as a good contribution to Czech-German dialogue as a sensitive follow-up on the previous accommodating steps of the German side.
- What is plan B of the Czech government in relation to the European Union?
On the eve of the EU summit scheduled for March1st-2nd, 2012, Prime Minister Petr Nečas plans to visit Great Britain and meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron. Evidently, the Czech government intends to discuss the EU fiscal treaty which is to be signed at this EU summit.
- We demand a change in the stance of the Czech Republic on the EU fiscal treaty: We do not want to be on the outside of the euro zone looking in.
With his rejection of the EU fiscal treaty, Prime Minister Petr Nečas not only surprised EU partners and foreign observers, but also the Czech public. Perhaps most remarkable of all was that the Prime Minister was not able to explain his position clearly.
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