Monday, March 15, 2004

Update on visiting El Salvador

From the CIS:

We want to let you know all the observers have been able to enter El Salvador. Thanks to the Electoral Tribunal, the Procurator in Defense of Human Rights, and the U.S. Embassy to get the observers in on Friday night. When observers continued to be detained on Saturday, the U.S. Ambassador spoke directly to President Flores to get the ban overturned.

The U.S. Consular spent Saturday night at the airport with some 67 people who had been detained. U.S. Ambassador Barclay actually came to the airport on Sunday morning to help get people through.

It is worrisome that the Government for the first time since the end of the war attempted to stop international observation from happening. International observation is recognized by the UN and
the OAS as well as other important international insistutions as a method of promoting transparent elections.

And not just observers, as previously noted. Here's a story in the Toledo Blade about a mission group that couldn't get in.

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