■ PoliticsNew Party holds vigil
Continuing the pan-blue camp's protest against the legitimacy of last year's March 20 presidential election, the New Party held a candlelight vigil outside of the Taipei International Conference Hall where former US President Bill Clinton was giving a speech on democracy yesterday night. Chanting slogans such as "No Truth, No President" and "No Fair Election, No Democracy," the New Party led protestors in a sit-down protest yesterday night and called on Clinton to keep in mind last year's pan-blue protests against the presidential election. "Eleven months after the so-called 319 assassination attempt on President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), Chen and the government continue to ignore our just call for the truth by denying a legally-appointed March 19 Special Truth Committee access to official investigation reports and materials," said New Party Chairman Yok Mu-ming (郁慕明) yesterday.
■ Foreign Affairs
Foreign minister returns
Foreign Minister Mark Chen (陳唐山), who returned to Taiwan yesterday from a trip to Haiti and Dominican Republic, described his visit to the two Republic of China allies as "successful." He told journalists that he felt pleased that he met the people he was hoping to meet and had successfully completed his mission. However, he refused to elaborate on the exact nature of his mission, which began on Feb. 22. He made transit stops in Tokyo and New York on his way to Haiti, giving rise to media speculation that he might have exchanged views with Japanese and US officials, in light of the two countries' recent joint statement calling for the peaceful resolution of disputes between Taiwan and China.