EU not to recognize Honduran election without agreement

13:04, October 23, 2009      

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A European Union official said on Thursday that the 27- nation bloc would not recognize Honduras' Nov. 29 election results if there was no agreement between the de facto government and the ousted president.

Petros Mavromichalis, EU representative for Central America, said "under the current circumstances it will be difficult to recognize the results of the elections, unless the situation (in Honduras) changes."

The EU representative added that both sides must have some political will to find a satisfactory solution to the political crisis in their country, which has left Honduras in a difficult, vulnerable, socially violent and uncertain situation.

The representative said the restriction on citizens' rights in Honduras is the other factor to hamper the transparency of the coming elections, to which the European Union would not send observers as a support.

"The current situation in Honduras is not the right one for holding free and democratic elections, that is why we (EU) have annulled participation through a delegation of electoral observers," said Mavromichalis who expected neighboring countries like Panama could play a more constructive role in helping solve the Honduran crisis.

Source: Xinhua
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