European Union External Action

Statement by the Spokesperson on the parliamentary and first round of presidential elections in Peru

"For the fourth consecutive time in Peru´s history, voters have demonstrated their commitment to democracy and expressed their political preferences in democratic and peaceful elections.
In this context, the violent attack which caused the death of ten people transporting electoral materials to ballot stations in Junín is unacceptable.
 
The EU is committed to supporting the electoral process in Peru and has deployed an Election Observation Mission, led by Ms Renate Weber, Member of the European Parliament, which will remain in Peru until the end of the electoral process. In its preliminary statement, the Mission has expressed the hope that the problems of the electoral process caused by the ambiguities of the legal framework and the resulting uncertainties of the final list of candidates will motivate the new congress and political parties to engage in a “thorough and long-standing electoral reform”.
 
Peru is a close partner for the European Union in Latin America. Our relations have intensified during the last years, with the entry into force of the Trade Agreement in 2013 and the visa waiver in March 2016, in addition to many other areas of cooperation such as the fight against climate change and narco-trafficking."