The European Union Delegation for the Pacific issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Fiji:
The European Union Delegation wishes to provide clarification on the EU Election Observation Mission to Fiji in 2006. The European Union has fielded electoral observation missions worldwide for the last two decades, providing impartial and informed assessments following a set of internationally recognised principles.
The EU observation mission at the 2006 elections in Fiji identified a number of shortcomings and the European Union Delegation welcomes the Fiji Government’s efforts to address the recommendations contained in the mission’s final report in preparation of the upcoming elections.
The European Union is committed to continue supporting Fiji in its democratisation process. Beyond the assistance already provided to the constitutional review process, the EU stands ready to provide support to help ensure a smooth electoral process leading to free, fair and transparent elections in 2014.