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Costa Rica urged to fess up FTA survey

Costa Rica Urged to Fess Up FTA Survey

San Jose, Jul 30 2007 (Prensa Latina) — The Pro-Liberation Front against the Central America Free Trade Agreement-Dominican Republic (CAFTA-DR) demanded the Costa Rican government publish results of a poll it commissioned about the level of public support for the agreement.

In a letter addressed to Minister of the Presidency Rodrigo Arias, Front National Coordinating Committee Chairman Oscar Campos explained that the claim stems from awareness that results did not favor those who promote the agreement.

The former deputy said members of the governing National Liberation Party’s political leadership unofficially released the information during a meeting on July 26.

The results favored the "NO" and involved an analysis to determine possible participants in the referendum to be held in October 7th.

Costa Ricans taking part in the referendum are expected to vote against the agreement by a very overwhelming percentage, according to members of the Front.

If the poll was paid for with public funds, the people have the right to know its results and the government has the inescapable obligation to act with transparency throughout this process, stressed Campos.

 source: Prensa Latina