HC Deb 19 November 1996 vol 285 c459W
Mr. Corbyn

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received from observers to the recent elections in Nicaragua; and if he will make a statement. [4583]

Sir Nicholas Bonsor

The 93-strong EU observer mission, including Dr. David Browning from Oxford university as the United Kingdom's independent observer, concluded that the elections, although not flawless, were conducted in a fair and transparent manner and contributed to the further consolidation of democracy. The Organisation of American States observer mission took a similar view. Dr. Browning has reported separately that the Nicaraguan people were allowed a free, fair and secret vote. Copies of the EU declaration and a of Dr. Browning's report will be placed in the Libraries of the House.