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Yu, PFP official to meet today to set Chen-Soong talks

CNA , TAIPEI

Talks on cross-strait relations are expected to be the centerpiece of a forthcoming meeting between President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜), a party spokesman said yesterday.

It is hoped that by talking about cross-strait affairs, the government and the PFP will deepen their understanding of each other and consequently reach a consensus how to resolve their differences, said PFP spokesman Hsieh Kung-ping (謝公秉).

The PFP hopes that Chen and Soong will also exchange views on a cross-strait peace promotion draft law unveiled by the PFP last October, Hsieh said, adding that the party remains open to all opinions about the draft law, particularly the part regarding the "1992 consensus" and a part that the Democratic Progressive Party has criticized as "a move that may result in legislative intervention in administrative operations."

As to the date and venue of the Chen-Soong meeting, Hsieh said, it is expected to be decided after Presidential Office Secretary-General Yu Shyi-kun meets with PFP Secretary-General Chin Chin-sheng (秦金生) today.

"Anything can be discussed and the PFP has no preconditions to the Chen-Soong meeting," Hsieh said.

The media has reported that Chen will meet with Soong, but the date, venue and even the issues to be discussed have not been decided upon. Chen want to meet with other opposition leaders, including Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (連戰), Yu said on Saturday.

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