Thu, Nov 11, 2004 - Page 4 News List

Anti-war group displays poster at UN building


Members of an anti-war alliance from Taiwan displayed a poster bearing the slogan "Peace for Taiwan" in front of the UN headquarters in New York yesterday in a bid to raise global concern over peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

The poster was pieced together from more than 20 separate paintings completed by a group of Taiwanese children and parents on Oct. 31 to depict their desire for peace.

Alliance leader Chou Sheng-hsin (周聖心) said the poster represents the call for peace of the Taiwanese people, who are facing the imminent threat of more than 600 missiles and the strong military power of China.

By organizing the event, the alliance was trying to call global attention to the issue of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, to call for more positive participation by the UN in cross-strait peace and stability, and to promote closer connections between Taiwan's peace movement and those of other parts of the world, Chou said.

Chou said the alliance is also promoting the launch of a referendum aimed at pressing Taipei and Beijing to sign a 50-year peace accord under the principle of maintaining the cross-strait status quo.

The alliance was founded by a group of academics in June after the Executive Yuan proposed a NT$610.8 billion (US$18.23 billion) arms procurement package from the US. In addition to staging a June 19 demonstration against the arms procurement, the alliance has started a signature campaign in an attempt to initiate a public referendum on the arms procurement.

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