Assistance for the Presidential Runoff Re-election in Ukraine

December 20, 2004

  1. The Government of Japan will dispatch an election observation mission headed by Mr. Yuji Kurokawa, former Japanese Ambassador to Ukraine, to support fair implementation of the presidential runoff revote to be held on December 26 (Sun). The observation mission will comprise 26 staffers, of which seven, including four from the private sector, will be dispatched to join the International Election Observation Mission of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

  2. Besides the dispatch to the international election observation mission of the OSCE/ ODIHR, Mr. Kurokawa, staff members of the Japanese Embassy in Ukraine and the others will register themselves in the Central Election Commission of Ukraine as international election observers and monitor the revote in cooperation with other observation missions from the U.S., Canada, Europe and other countries.

  3. Japan has made personal and financial contributions to the OSCE. In response to the OSCE's requests, Japan intends to contribute 21,800 euros (approximately three million yen) this fiscal year also. It is expected that Japan's assistance to the OSCE will contribute to the OSCE's activities for democratization and conflict prevention, including election monitoring in Ukraine.

  4. To promote the implementation of a democratic election in Ukraine, the Government of Japan will also provide about 4.5 million yen as grass-roots human security grant assistance for the local NGO (NGO coalition secretariat of "Freedom of Choice", Ukraine) to distribute to post the posters to urge the importance of a fair election in more than 30,000 polling places all over the country.

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