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Mexico

Volume 450: debated on Thursday 19 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what report she has received from (a) the UK embassy and (b) the EU observers on the presidential election in Mexico; and what analysis has been made of Democratic Revolutionary Party objections made to the Electoral Commission. (94881)

[holding answer 18 October 2006]: Our embassy in Mexico City has sent many reports on the presidential election in Mexico. The EU undertook a formal and independent electoral observation mission (EOM) in Mexico for the elections. The EOM has reported that the electoral authorities conducted the electoral process in an impartial, professional and transparent manner. The EOM will publish its final report in due course and we await its findings. The Democratic Revolutionary Party objections made to the Mexican Electoral Commission were considered in detail and decided on by the Federal Electoral Court—the body charged in the Mexican constitution with this role.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what meetings have been held by UK embassy officials in Mexico with (a) Felipe Calderón and Andrés Manuel López Obrador and (b) their representatives. (94883)

[holding answer 18 October 2006]: Our ambassador in Mexico City has had two official meetings with Felipe Calderón, with other EU ambassadors. Andrés Manuel López Obrador declined EU invitations to similar official meetings with EU ambassadors. Embassy officials in Mexico City, including our ambassador, have met with advisers to Felipe Calderón and Andrés Manuel López Obrador on many occasions.