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KMT-proposed referendum will not have side effects, Ma says

KMT-proposed referendum will not have side effects, Ma says

The main opposition Kuomintang presidential candidate called yesterday for widespread public support for a KMT-initiated referendum on the country's U.N. bid on the grounds that it will not provoke uncertainties or have any side effects in the region.
Ma Ying-jeou issued the call on a tour of Chungpu township in the central Taiwan county of Taichung.
According to Ma, the KMT-proposed referendum on pushing for the country's U.N. membership under its official title, the Republic of China, will not stir up concerns from other countries, because the party has taken into account their possible response before seeking public endorsement for the referendum.
"Taiwan has the right to apply to join the United Nations, but it must be done via an adequate approach to avoid dire costs, although it is a common desire of the Taiwan people, " Ma said, pointing out that "the United States has spoken out against the ruling Democratic Progressive Party's U.N. bid referendum plan several times, but it has not criticized the KMT-proposed one."
"The KMT-initiated referendum is more flexible and thus is beneficial to Taiwan," he argued.
Along with the presidential election slated for March 22, 2008, two referendums on the country's U.N. bid, one initiated by the KMT and the other initiated by the DPP, will be held simultaneously.
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said last Friday that the United States supports a one-China policy and opposes Taiwan's referendum to join the United nations as provocative.
Commenting on Rice's remarks, DPP presidential hopeful Frank Hsieh said that the KMT-proposed referendum on applying to rejoin the United Nations under the name of the Republic of China and the party's insistence on adopting a "two-step" voting method in the coming legislative and presidential elections are "plots" to undermine the DPP's referendum on Taiwan's U.N. cause.
The KMT dose not intend to really promote its U.N. bid referendum, and it is merely a covert move to bungle the one proposed by the DPP, Hsieh claimed, adding that the U.S. is very aware of this and that Beijing does not mind.


Updated : 2021-04-15 03:08 GMT+08:00