Tue, Mar 01, 2005 - Page 4 News List

Another advisor offers to resign over 10-point consensus

JUMPING SHIP Following the path of Presidential Advisor Koo, Wu Li-pei is to resign his post today in protest to the president's agreement with Soong

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

Following Senior Presidential Advisor Koo Kwan-ming's (辜寬敏) path, another senior adviser, Wu Li-pei (吳澧培) will offer his resignation today to show his disagreement with the 10-point consensus reached between President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and People First Party (PFP) Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) last month.

Koo is slated to call a press conference to announce his resignation today.

Wu said yesterday the duty of the presidential adviser is to offer sincere advice to the president, hoping to bring good to the nation.

"If a presidential adviser can't help in this regard, he [or she] should not occupy this position," Wu said.

In response to Wu's resignation, the Presidential Office yesterday said Chen is trying his best to keep both Koo and Wu as advisors.

Wu said the 10-point consensus proposed that "the Republic of China is the biggest common ground for both sides" and that "Taiwanese independence is not one of the options for the nation" are unacceptable for Chen and his pan-green supporters.

Wu said he had been waiting for Chen's explanation on the consensus for days, but Chen had not given any answer.

"Only the 23 million people of Taiwan can decide what are the options, not the president or Mr. Soong," Wu said.

Wu said his decision to resign does not mean he is disappointed with the nation. He said that since he relinquished his US citizenship and returned to Taiwan, he will continue to promote the Taiwan consciousness and educate the international community about the need for Taiwan to assert its sovereignty.

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