EUROPEAN UNION ELECTION OBSERVERS ARRIVE IN FIJI

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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, April 13) - The European Union Election Observer Mission is in the country to monitor Fiji's elections on May 6 to 13.

The first group of observers arrived yesterday. More arrived today with others expected to be in by the weekend.

[PIR editor’s note: According to PIR news files, 100 observers from the United Nations, European Union, local non-government organizations, and academics are expected to monitor the general elections in Fiji on the invitation of Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase.]

The European Union observers have been holding briefings at their Holiday Inn base.

Media officer Javier Guttierez said details of the mission's visit here will be released by the weekend once they've all settled down.

It is understood that the European Union's long-term observers will be in Fiji for the next two months.

The Fiji Government had also consulted with the United Nations and the Commonwealth over the presence of an observer mission for the general elections.

The Commonwealth observer mission endorsed the 2001 General Elections results, following the 2000 upheaval, in its last visit here.

April 14, 2006

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