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Negroponte's remark won't stop U.N. rally, Lin says

Negroponte's remark won't stop U.N. rally, Lin says

The recent remark by U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte in opposition to Taiwan's bid for United Nation membership will not affect the governing Democratic Progressive Party's plan to hold a related rally in Kaohsiung next month, a ranking party official said yesterday.
Rather, the organizers plan to invite President Chen Shui-bian, Vice President Annette Lu as well as the party's presidential candidate Frank Hsieh and his running mate Su Tseng-chang join in the march to boost its popularity and to demonstrate the Taiwan people's strong will to push ahead with the goal, said DPP Secretary-General Lin Chia-lung.
The rally would take place three days before the U.N. opens its annual General Assembly in New York.
"The DPP will stand in line with the Taiwan people to display the country's public opinion, regardless of international pressure," Lin said at a news conference at the party's headquarters.
Popular consensus
He added that the rally would help the U.S. and the international community to realize that the push by Taiwan to gain entry into the major international body has the consensus of people from different political parties.
"Taiwan stands on the side of justice, while a few U.S. government officials would be judged by history" based on their words and deeds, Lin said.
Lin made the comments after Negroponte stated in an interview on Monday on the Hong Kong-based Phoenix Star TV that the U.S. was opposed to a U.N. bid referendum, proposed by Chen's government, because Washington sees the move as a step toward a declaration of independence of Taiwan and toward an alteration of the status quo.
Lin, in response, said that as the United States claims to be the world's greatest democracy, Negroponte's remark was humiliating not to Taiwan, but rather to the founding spirit of the U.S.
Negroponte's comments would only strengthen the DPP's resolve to push for Taiwan to join the world body, Lin asserted.
He also commented that it is ironic that the two democracies - Taiwan and the U.S. - have engaged in an argument over referendum, a fundamental value of democracy, to the benefit of an autocratic country, China.
He also stated at yesterday's newsgathering that overseas branches of the DPP would organize a series of activities on September 15, when the Kaohsiung rally takes place, in international cities, including New York where the U.N. is based, to endorse the rally in southern Taiwan.
Lin said he expected that the Kaohsiung rally would draw 500,000 participants, while the global turnout would top 1 million.


Updated : 2021-04-13 04:30 GMT+08:00