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Soong to meet with Lien Chan today

By Stephanie Low  /  STAFF REPORTER

PFP Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) yesterday confirmed that he will meet KMT Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) today to try and rekindle cooperation within the opposition alliance.

With only three months to go before the December polls, Soong said the two leaders need to expeditiously make a decision as to whether the two parties still want to jointly nominate candidates to run in the year-end legislative elections.

According to Soong, today's discussion will not be limited to their original plans to cooperate in six localities, but would also focus on a more comprehensive plan that included the possibility for cooperation in other localities as well.

Soong made a point of saying, however, that the "PFP will not compel others to support PFP candidates if they have difficulties in doing so."

He added that the PFP would vie for public office as long as its candidates enjoy the likelihood of victory -- with or without the support of "another party."

Soong, however, said even if the election cooperation plans with the KMT are terminated, it wouldn't mean the two parties could not work together again in the future.

"The KMT and PFP still need to communicate on a number of issues, such as our positions toward the Economic Development Advisory Conference and the formation of a coalition government," Soong said.

Despite almost five months of negotiations, KMT-PFP cooperation plans have seen little in the way of progress.

Soong proposed a meeting with Lien last week, after some PFP officials publicly blamed the KMT for not working hard enough to coordinate intra-party differences in order to smooth the alliance's plans.

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