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Ma urges other parties to attend forum

ALL WELCOME Taiwan*s delegation to the KMT-CCP forum in Hunan Province will include former DPP legislator Hsu Jung-shu and party member Fan Chen-tsung

By MO YAN-CHIH  /  STAFF REPORTER

※The KMT-CCP forum is between the two parties. Given the need to separate the party*s affairs from the government*s, I believe it is inappropriate for government officials to take part in the forum,§ Chiu told reporters at the legislature.

Chiu said that communication between Taiwanese and Chinese officials should take place at negotiations between the semi-〝official Straits Exchange Foundation and China*s Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait.

KMT Legislator Wu Yu-sheng (趠蹀蒺), on the other hand, said there was nothing untoward about the officials attending the forum as long as the schedule was transparent.

Meanwhile, DPP legislators Yeh Yin-jin (蝔錥藸) and Huang Wei-che (?糗蠖) expressed doubts about the legitimacy of the forum.

They said that any actions related to China should be carefully and critically examined to ensure that they do not jeopardize Taiwan*s stability and national dignity.

At a separate setting yesterday, the DPP said that it would not go easy on party members attending the event, and that violators would be subject to disciplinary action.

UNIFICATION STRATEGY

Acting DPP spokesman Chao Tien-lin (謯蘢釴) said the party*s opposition to the forum was clear and that the meeting was nothing short of a unification strategy.

※Any member should understand this, especially senior members,§ Chao said, referring to Hsu Jung-shu and Fan.

Hsu Jung-shu and Fan both stressed that their plans remained unchanged.

Additional reporting by Shih Hsiu-chuan, Flora Wang and Jenny W. Hsu

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