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EU hopeful but cautious over Afghan election

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Reuters

In the dark of night, Afghan election workers wrap up what had been a historic day.

Afghans cast their ballot for a new president on Saturday.

The first ever democratic transfer of power in their country's violent history.

Voter turnout was higher than expected and polls stayed open much later than planned.

A world away in Athens, Greece, foreign ministers of the European Union had gathered for meetings.

They're hopeful, but also cautious, about this moment in Afghan history.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) EU FOREIGN POLICY CHIEF CATHERINE ASHTON, SPEAKING ABOUT AFGHANISTAN, SAYING:

"This will be a historic moment, if we get this right, this democratic transition...The latest information I have has been that things are going forward and we wait to see now what the results will bring."

Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) DUTCH FOREIGN MINISTER, FRANS TIMMERMANS, SAYING