Emergency Grant Aid for the Presidential, Parliamentary and Other Elections in Guatemala

3 October 2003

  1. On 3 October (Friday), the Government of Japan decided to contribute approximately US$90,000 (approximately 11 million yen) to the Organization of American States (OAS) as a part of the necessary expenses needed for the observation conducted by the OAS, for the purpose of assisting the general election, including presidential, parliamentary and other elections, in the Republic of Guatemala, which will be held on 9 November.
  2. This will be the second general election in Guatemala since 1996 when the civil war, which lasted for 36 years, come to an end with the conclusion of the peace agreement and the peace process began.
  3. In recent years, the domestic situation in Guatemala has become tense due to the peace process being stagnated, and the confrontation between ruling and opposition parties has deepened over the general election. Therefore, this election is extremely significant as a touchstone that determines whether democracy will be established not only in Guatemala but also in Latin America as a whole, and has thus gathered the strong concern of the international community.

    Given these circumstances, the OAS has decided to dispatch an election observation mission in order to ensure transparency and fairness in this election and requested the Government of Japan for support to cover the necessary expenses. The funds extended by Japan's cooperation will be used as a part of the expenses necessary for the OAS to smoothly and fairly implement observation for this election.
  4. Furthermore, concerning this election, Japan is now studying the possibility of dispatching election observers in response to the request from the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) of Guatemala.

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