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Delegation to head to US to discuss post-war Iraq

By Monique Chu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Three lawmakers from the DPP and the TSU said yesterday that they would visit Washington for a week-long trip in a bid to seek Taiwan's participation in post-war reconstruction in Iraq, despite criticism from opposition legislators.

The DPP's Parris Chang (張旭成), one of the three visiting lawmakers, said that since Taiwan has agreed to donate money for humanitarian relief and post-war reconstruction, "it's reasonable for us to ask for participation [in reconstruction work.]"

"We can act as subcontractors," Chang said.

Chang will head to the US with DPP Legislator Trong Chai (蔡同榮) and TSU Legislator John Wang (王政中).

The trip is scheduled for Sunday to April 13.

The visit triggered attacks from KMT and PFP legislators..

PFP Legislator Chou Hsi-wei (周錫瑋) said Chang had told him in private that one of the items on the agenda was laying the groundwork for a visit to the US by President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁).

KMT Legislator Sun Kauo-hwa (孫國華) questioned the timing of the visit, saying US lawmakers would be too busy dealing with the war in Iraq to meet the delegation.

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