Tue, Feb 22, 2005 - Page 3 News List

New Party leader urges Soong to stay true to blues

By Caroline Hong  /  STAFF REPORTER

Responding to news of the Feb. 24 summit between President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜), New Party Chairman Yok Mu-ming (郁慕明) yesterday called on Soong to unite the pan-blue camp by arranging meetings with Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan (連戰) prior to and after his meeting with Chen.

While Yok said the New Party has no opinions about who ends up meeting with whom, the party is warning the PFP to remember that before the legislative elections last December, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) only criticized the PFP.

Yok also pointed out that PFP lawmakers were the protestors after the presidential election calling for the truth about the election-eve assassination attempt on Chen and Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮).

Yok questioned what had become of the PFP's quest for the truth in light of Soong's agreement to meet and perhaps cooperate with the ruling administration.

The PFP criticized Yok for similar comments on Sunday. According to the Chinese-language newspaper the United Daily News, Yok said Sunday that Soong's upcoming meeting with Chen was costing the pan-blue camp the power to direct the nation's policy.

The United Daily News also reported that at a ceremony welcoming the Lunar New Year with supporters, Yok questioned why Soong was willing to give Chen a chance, but not reach out in a similar way to other parties in the pan-blue camp.

In response to Yok's comments Sunday, PFP spokesman Hsieh Kung-pin (謝公秉) emphasized in a statement that the PFP is an independent party, and that it has unconditionally helped the KMT in the past.

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