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Statement by Richard Boucher, Spokesman
November 2, 2000

Flawed Presidential Election in Kyrgyzstan

The United States is disappointed that the conduct of the October 29 presidential election in Kyrgyzstan did not meet international standards. The preliminary report issued October 30 by the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) concluded that the election "failed to comply with OSCE commitments." We fully support the conclusions of that report. A statement issued by election monitors from the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) on October 31 reiterated the concerns expressed in the OSCE report, concluding that this election "failed to break a cycle of troubled elections in the Kyrgyz Republic."

The October 29 election represented an opportunity for the Kyrgyz government to correct the mistakes of the February parliamentary elections. The U.S. welcomes the fact that the presidential elections included six candidates on the ballot, but regrets that fourteen other candidates were excluded from the campaign for what appear to be political reasons. In our view, the overall conduct of these elections denied the people of Kyrgyzstan the right to exercise their vote in a free and fair political contest.

The United States reaffirms its support for the people of Kyrgyzstan as they continue the difficult task of building a democratic society.

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