Polish observers to arrive in Ukraine to monitor signs of xenophobia during election campaign

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Dec. 4, 2009, 4:19 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine
Polish observers will arrive in Ukraine to monitor signs of xenophobia during the presidential election campaign in the country. "Our non-governmental organization founded in Poland, along with our offices in Moscow and Berlin, is planning to send a mission of observers for the election [in Ukraine]. We are particularly interested in monitoring signs of xenophobia during the presidential election campaign," Vice President of the European Center of Geopolitical Analysis Martin Domagala said at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine on Friday.

Asked about the number of mission representatives, he said that the list currently includes around 20 observers, but they have yet to be registered.

"We're currently searching for observers… These will be former and current politicians, members of the Polish parliament, members, perhaps, of the European Parliament, as well as journalists, and experts," Domagala said.

He said that the mission is planning to hold two mutually connected projects – the direct monitoring of the election process and monitoring for signs of xenophobia.

The election of the Ukrainian president is scheduled for January 17, 2010.
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