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The EU election monitors to Sri Lanka says another monitoring mission is not likely unless its repeated recommendations are implemented.
The election monitors from the EU packed up their work in Sri Lanka and handed over their report to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Lakshman Kadirgamar on Thursday, with some strong advice.rn

rnldblquote The EU would be unlikely to send another election observation team in the future if our recommendations are not acted upon,
dblquote said the Chief Observer of the EU election observers mission to Sri Lanka John Cushnahan.rn

rnMany of the recommendations were made during the previous elections of 2000 and 2001 but were not acted on by Sri Lankan governments.rn

rnldblquote If they had been implemented it would have prevented the recurrence of many of the problems that were a feature of the 2004 election,
dblquote said Cushnahan. rn

rnThe election observers warned that ignoring commitments to democracy and human rights would affect EU assistance to Sri Lank