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EU officials encouraged by referendum result

EU officials have welcomed the 92.46 percent yes vote in the May 16-17 referendum on Slovakia's entry to the union, although some have expressed disappointment in the low turnout figures.

"The results are encouraging and confirm that Slovaks are prepared for active participation in the EU," said Pat Cox, European Parliament president, adding, "we are all exceedingly happy that participation was over 50 percent."

Jan Marinus Wiersma, member of the European Parliament, said he was disappointed that the turnout was lower than expected.

Compiled by Conrad Toft from press reports.
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