Wed, Jun 15, 2005 - Page 3 News List

Lawmakers to go to EU to discuss arms embargo

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

A 12-member delegation of lawmakers is scheduled to embark on a 13-day trip to Europe on Saturday to call on the EU to continue its 15-year-old embargo on weapons sales to China.

The planned trip is part of the Legislative Yuan's exchange programs with parliaments of other countries.

According to Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator You Ching (尤清), who is the chairman of the legislature's Exchange Association of Taiwanese and European Legislators, the delegation is scheduled to meet with counterparts in Paris and Berlin in addition to visiting EU headquarters in Brussels.

They also plan to exchange views with local think tanks and media.

Besides parliamentary exchanges, the delegation plans to express its appreciation to the EU for abandoning a plan to lift its embargo on weapons sales to China and assisting the nation's bid to join the World Health Organization (WHO).

Delegation members also hope to explain to visiting countries the recently approved constitutional amendments and the impact of China's "Anti-Secession" Law on Taiwan and the regional security of the Asia-Pacific region.

The delegation will be led by You when it visits the EU. DPP Legislator Chuang Suo-han (莊碩漢), who also serves as the chairman of the legislature's Exchange Association of Taiwanese and French Legislators, will be in charge of the group when it arrives in France.

DPP Legislator Lan Mei-chin (藍美津), who serves as the chairwoman of the legislature's Exchange Association of Taiwanese and German Legislators, will lead the delegation when it visits Germany.

Except for Hsu Shao-ping (徐少萍) and Justin Chou (周守訓), who are from the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus, the rest of the delegation's members are DPP lawmakers.

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