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Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps she is taking to promote free and fair elections in Argentina; which international observers will be present at those elections; and if she will make a statement. (97882)

The Government work with, inter alia, the Argentine government, Argentine civil society and through international organisations, to contribute to good governance and transparency initiatives throughout Argentina, predominantly through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Global Opportunities Fund.

No public announcement has yet been made about the 2007 presidential elections. These are likely to be held in either March or October. International election monitors from one of the Latin American multilateral organisations may attend next year's elections, but no announcement has yet been made. The Inter-American Institute of Human Rights sent a team of monitors to the last presidential elections in 2003. They maintained a very low profile.

There are no current indications that next year's presidential elections will be anything other than free and fair by international standards.