Thu, Mar 01, 2007 - Page 1 News List

Chen urges KMT to apologize for 228

NO MORE SECRETS The president told a memorial ceremony in Taipei that only when the complete truth is known would fairness and justice be truly served

By Ko Shu-ling and Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTERS

"I would also suggest [Ma] return the party's assets stolen from the people [to the government so that they can be allocated] for the use of 228 Incident victims and their families," Su said.

The premier said the KMT's museum has documents detailing the progress of the 228 Incident, including the twice-a-day telegrams that KMT members sent to the party's headquarters in Nanjing to update party leaders on the latest developments.

The KMT headquarters then deployed more troops to Taiwan and worked with its Taipei branch to coordinate the arrests of people whose names were on a check list, he said.

"Victims and their families expect the truth to come out because there will be no forgiveness if there is no truth," Su said. "The KMT should help to make this happen by doing more, not just saying `sorry.'"

The premier said the KMT had perpetrated the 228 Incident and its aftermath was its responsibility.

Su added that the government should not be responsible for paying compensation to the victims or their families.

"The government's money comes from the people. It is their tax money, from their hard work," he said. "The KMT created the tragedy. It would be natural for the party to pay compensation. I do not see anything wrong with that, since the majority of the KMT's assets were stolen from the people anyway."

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