Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on the occasion of the elections to be held in Jamaica on 16 October

Subject: Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on the occasion of the elections to be held in Jamaica on 16 October

Policy area: General Affairs and External Relations

News item: CFSP statements

The European Union is closely monitoring the electoral process in Jamaica, and the elections to be held on 16 October, and welcomes the appeals made by the main political parties for those elections to be free and peaceful. Similarly, the European Union welcomes the political parties' adoption of a "code of conduct" to govern the process and the appointment of a political ombudsman who will ensure that it is open and above board. These measures are a positive indication of the parties' commitment to eradicating political violence.

Nevertheless, the European Union notes with concern the brutal killings that have taken place over the past few weeks.

The European Union hopes that the forthcoming elections will help to build a violencefree society in Jamaica.

The Central and Eastern European countries associated with the European Union, the associated countries Cyprus, Malta and Turkey, and the EFTA countries, members of the European Economic Area align themselves with this declaration.

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