Legislative Yuan Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (
Wang, who concurrently serves as a Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) vice chairman, was referring to an olive branch for party reconciliation offered by President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) in his New Year's address for the sake of political stability.
After the Dec. 11 legislative elections, the opposition "pan-blue alliance" of the KMT and the People First Party (PFP) maintained a majority in the 225-seat Legislative Yuan.
"Party-to-party consultations are better than nothing," Wang said.
However, he also said that whether the atmosphere for holding such talks can be created will hinge on whether the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is sincere.
The DPP legislative caucus offered yesterday to cooperate with all other political parties, but the opposition "pan-blue alliance" quickly dismissed it as an attempt to split the alliance.
Ker Chien-ming (
Ker said that for the sake of political stability, the DPP will not only consult with the PFP, but also with the KMT, the Taiwan Solidarity Union and even the Non-Partisan Solidarity Union because party-to-party consultations as envisaged by Chen are just beginning to take shape.
On the KMT's part, Huang Teh-fu (