Brussels, 14 February 2000
5839/00 (Presse 30)
Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union
on the presidential elections in Senegal
Senegal is preparing for presidential elections in the year 2000, to be contested by eight candidates – a testimony to the vitality of the country's pluralist democracy.
The European Union welcomes the tradition and democratic zeal of Senegalese society, calls on all the parties concerned to ensure that, at all stages, the electoral process is conducted in a fair, transparent and peaceful manner and would encourage them to demonstrate a spirit of dialogue, understanding and tolerance.
The Central and Eastern European countries associated with the European Union, the associated countries Cyprus, Malta and Turkey, and the EFTA countries, members of the European Economic Area align themselves with this declaration.