Elections: Monitoring

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 1st April 2009.

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Photo of Bruce George Bruce George Labour, Walsall South

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe/Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights following his announcement on UK contributions to election observation.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Minister of State (Europe)

We wrote to the Secretary-General of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to inform him of the final decision on funding following the announcement to Parliament. There have been no discussions specifically on election observations.

We greatly value the election observation work of the OSCE. We will continue to uphold the commitment we made in 2004 to provide, from the UK, up to 10 per cent. of observers to the OSCE's election observation missions on an ad hoc basis.

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