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US, EU Urge Peaceful Resolution to Ethiopian Election Tensions

The United States and the European Union have urged Ethiopians to reduce tensions and follow political processes to resolve an election crisis.

A joint U.S. and EU statement Wednesday commended the Ethiopian people for the peaceful May 15 vote, but warned all parties to renounce violence and refrain from inflaming ethnic tensions.

The election outcome remains undecided, and charges of electoral fraud sparked anti-government protests last month in which 36 people were killed.

The statement urged full participation in the official inquiry into the allegations of fraud in 140 constituencies.

Wednesday's statement also called on all Ethiopian political parties, including the Ethiopian People's Democratic Front (EPRDF), the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) and the United Ethiopian Democratic Forces (UEDF), to respect the National Election Board and to continue working for democracy.