Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on the general elections in Pakistan

Published under: Bondevik's 2nd Government

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Subject: Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on the general elections in Pakistan

Policy area: General Affairs and External Relations

News item: CFSP statements

The European Union welcomes the completion of multi-party National and Provincial elections in Pakistan. The elections are a step in the gradual transition to full democracy in Pakistan. The European Union hopes all parties and political forces will work together to achieve good governance and functioning democratic institutions in Pakistan and the transfer of power from a military to a civilian administration.

The European Union will continue to watch the process closely and stay engaged with Pakistan throughout its transition to democracy.

An EU Election Observation Mission monitored the elections and issued a statement on its preliminary findings on 12 October 2002. The European Union commends the Pakistani authorities for their cooperation with the EU Observer Mission and for assuring a widely secure and violence-free election day. However, the European Union is concerned about reports of manipulation and encourages the Election Commission to follow up on complaints about the election process.

Furthermore, and after the conclusion of both the electoral process in Jammu & Kashmir and elections in Pakistan, the European Union calls on India and Pakistan to take steps to de-escalate tension between them and to resume as soon as possible a diplomatic dialogue on all issues that divide them, including Kashmir.

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

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