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Ethiopien - EU-kritik af parlamentsvalget i maj 2005
ETHIOPIA: Prime minister brands EU election report "garbage"
IRINnews.org, 30. august 2005
Ethiopiens preminister Meles Zenawi affærdiger totalt den ret kritiske rapport, som den EU's valg-observatører har udarbejdet i forbindelse med parlamentsvalget i maj 2005.
"The statement, in my view, shows that the mission has turned out to be something worse than a farce," he said at a news conference in Addis Ababa, the capital.
"We shall, in the coming days and weeks, see what we can do to expose the pack of lies and innuendoes that characterise the garbage in this report," he added.
The EU's chief election observer, Ana Gomes, said on Thursday that key aspects of Ethiopia's 15 May parliamentary elections had failed to meet international standards. She reported widespread human rights abuses and said opposition members were arrested and witnesses to election violations intimidated.
Meles said: "What the implications of this will be in terms of relations between Ethiopia and the EU we will have to wait and see. But I don't think you will be surprised if Ethiopia were to insist that it should not be patronised."
In a statement released on Friday, the EU said the 10-page report was "balanced and impartial".
The EU is one of Ethiopia's most important donors, funding food aid and development programmes worth at least 400 million euros (US $490.9 million) every year.
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