The Czech EU presidency has said that it is monitoring with deep concern developments in Moldova. The former Soviet republic has experienced unrest in the wake of parliamentary elections on April 5. In a statement, the presidency called for all sides to refrain from further action that would escalate the situation and stressed that freedom of the media and expression should be respected. Protests followed the announcement of election results confirming the ruling Communist party as the winner. A large crowd invaded the parliament building on Tuesday. The protests have ratcheted up tension with neighbouring Romania. Romanian journalists complain they have been banned from reporting in the country.