Premier Yu Shyi-kun said yesterday that his overseas travel plan has yet to take shape and that he will brief the press on the itinerary when the planning work is finalized.
Yu was responding to press inquiries about his view on Vice President Annette Lu's (呂秀蓮) remarks at a news conference a day earlier that both President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and Premier Yu will visit Taiwan's diplomatic allies in Central America and the Caribbean in the near future following her just-concluded, three-leg Central American tour that took her to El Salvador, Costa Rica and Guatemala.
Yu said it was still in the planning stage whether he would take advantage of the current legislative recess to make an overseas journey to further cement Taiwan's relations with its diplomatic allies.
"If a concerted overseas travel plan takes shape, I'll certainly brief the press on my itinerary," Yu said.
The opposition-controlled Legislative Yuan went into summer recess after a grueling marathon session Friday.
While expressing his gratitude for the Legislature's approval of several critical reform bills on the final day of its fifth legislative session, Yu said he feels regret over the fact that the Legislature only approved 23 of the 149 "priority" bills initiated by the Cabinet.
Yu said he hopes the Legislature can hold an extraordinary session in the near future to screen over 300 bills that remain stalled and are crucial to the government's various reform plans, including the draft national pension bill, the four "sunshine" bills designed to establish clean politics, and the packages of revisions to three major existing labor laws.
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