US Government Position Regarding El Salvador’s Presidential Election
The Government of the United States reiterates its official position that it does not support either candidate in the upcoming presidential election in El Salvador on Sunday, March 15. The Embassy of the United States in El Salvador has stated this position publicly and repeatedly.
The separation of powers and freedoms in the United States allows the debate in which members of the U.S. Legislature have expressed their opinions, which do not necessarily reflect the official position of the United States.
The U.S. Embassy will field an observation team on Sunday to monitor the elections which we expect will be free and fair.
The U.S. Government will respect the will of the Salvadoran people and will seek to work constructively with whoever wins that election.
At an on-the-record State Department briefing in Washington D.C. on March 13, 2009, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Thomas A. Shannon made the following statement in response to a question about the position of the United States Government with respect to the upcoming elections in El Salvador:
“We’ve made it very clear that we support the democratic process in El Salvador. We will have observers, electoral observers in El Salvador, and we have supported the OAS mission in El Salvador. We are committed to free and fair elections in El Salvador. And we’ve also made it very clear that we will work with whomever the Salvadoran people elect. “
“I have met with both political candidates here in Washington. We have engaged both major political parties in El Salvador. And we have made it very clear that this is a choice of the Salvadoran people that we will respect and that we look forward to, continuing our very positive relationship with El Salvador, and working with the next elected government.”