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The findings raise questions about the Harper government decision this week to dispatch another 338 short term bilateral observers to next month presidential election in Ukraine.

The internal Foreign Affairs assessment, however, raises questions about whether the Canadian bilateral observer mission was and remains an unnecessary duplication of efforts.

current crisis in Ukraine remains extraordinary and complex and the forthcoming presidential election on May 25 will require a strong international presence to encourage free and fair elections, the department said.

Baird said he proud that Canada contribution to Ukraine election monitoring is larger than other countries and that variety of participants have told him the 2012 mission was a success.

´╗┐Canada sent too many observers to Ukraine elections in 2012

Canada is pushing forward with a large mission after consulting with its allies, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Friday.

The uprising against Yanukovych Russian leaning government eventually forced him to flee to Russia in February.

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While several key sections of the report have been redacted, it clearly identifies the OSCE as the preferred option for election monitoring.

The undated report, stamped Nike Dunk Basketball Shoes not for circulation, is titled, Support for the October 2012 Ukrainian Parliamentary Elections: Lessons Learned and Guidelines for Future Support. It was obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.

The OSCE capped the number of observers from participating countries at 15 long term observers and 135 short term observers.

The protesters wanted a closer association with the European Union. The Harper government has condemned Yanukovych for turning his back on the EU, saying it was not in the economic interests of Ukraine.

the country and see up to 500 observers travel to Ukraine to monitor the upcoming presidential elections.

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The draft assessment of the mission, which involved 357 short term observers, also describes the undertaking as being beyond the ability of Foreign Affairs and the former Canadian International Development Agency.

Ukraine pivotal May 25 ballot comes amid fears of a Russian invasion after Moscow annexation of the Crimean Peninsula last month and the violent clashes with pro Russian gunmen in several of its eastern cities.

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obviously want to reaffirm our commitment to ensuring a fair and transparent process and that why we moving forward with a large mission, he said.

CIDA nor the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade have the in house resources, or the required expertise, to perform this function on short timelines. has since been merged with Foreign Affairs.

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OTTAWA Canada sent too many observers to the parliamentary elections in Ukraine in 2012, the Department of Foreign Affairs says in an internal assessment obtained by The Canadian Press.

The 338 observers are among a total of 500 people that the Harper government is sending to Ukraine next month, the same overall number it sent in 2012.

was a costly undertaking due to the large size and complexity of the various missions. There was also a high level of time and effort of CIDA and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade staff to co ordinate Canada electoral support and ensure sound management of the missions.

57 member states from Europe, North America, and Central Asia, the Organization for Security and Co operation in Europe is the most credible and qualified international organization conducting electoral observation in Europe and did an excellent job in managing its mission to the 2012 elections, says the report. report said that the OSCE election related recommendations formed the basis for subsequent diplomatic action by the European Union in relation to the Association Agreement of Ukraine. was the November decision by former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to reject that association agreement, after pressure from Moscow that ignited the spark of anti Russian protests on the streets of the Ukraine capital of Kyiv.

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Minister Yatsenyuk expressed his deep appreciation for the strong leadership that Canada is taking in support of Ukraine, said a short readout of the call from Harper office.

Canada is the only country known to send a bilateral election observer mission to elections in Ukraine, and has been doing so since 2004. There are 1.2 million Ukrainian Canadians in Canada, forming one of the most influential diaspora groups and voting blocs in the country.

357 Canadian short term observers were more than was needed, particularly when other domestic and other international observers were already providing good coverage of polling stations. an emailed response to questions, Foreign Affairs suggested Canada wanted to offer a larger observer team than the OSCE regulations would have otherwise allowed. Nike Foamposite Comic

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The mission includes 338 short term bilateral observers, as well as 150 others plus 12 parliamentarians as part of the OSCE mission. The total cost is estimated at about $10 million, which is in line with previous Canadian observer missions.

Harper telephoned Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Thursday to discuss the situation in his country.

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The Canadian short term observers likely helped deter election day fraud and provided other assistance in dealing with it says.

The internal Foreign Affairs assessment concluded that while the 2012 observer mission came in under budget, the overlap with other observer missions posed challenges.

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