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Press Statement by Richard Boucher, Spokesman
May 12, 2000

Reports by the Organization of American States and National Democratic
Institute/The Carter Center on Peru's Electoral Process

The United States welcomes the recent reports of the election observer missions of the Organization of American States and the National Democratic Institute/The Carter Center on Peru's presidential contest. These missions, at the invitation of the Government of Peru, have monitored electoral conditions surrounding Peru's national elections, the first round of which was held on April 9, 2000. A runoff for the presidency will be held May 28.

We join these observers in calling on the Government of Peru to remedy remaining deficiencies in the electoral process. We welcome recent improvements in media coverage and access for opposition candidates, and agreements among the political parties and Peru's election authorities to train election officials and increase oversight of the vote computation. We note the Government of Peru's reiteration of the prohibition of the partisan use of state resources.

While these are positive steps, we share the observers' concerns on the limited time remaining to effectively remedy these conditions and ensure a transparent and credible electoral process whose results will be accepted by the people of Peru. We urge all parties to focus their efforts on promoting a free and fair election.

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