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Ma tells China to dismantle missiles

UNACCEPTABLE The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) chairman said that talks would never take place while Taiwan faced a deadly threat from China

AP AND CNA , TAIPEI AND LONDON

Showing genuine goodwill to the people of Taiwan to win their hearts is the only right way for Beijing to seek peaceful unification with Taiwan, Tsai stressed.

The KMT legislative caucus also said yesterday that the National Unification Council (NUC) and the National Unification Guidelines serve as a safety valve in the often tense relations between Taiwan and China, warning that doing away with these nominal institutions might trigger a war between the two.

As President Chen Shui-bian's (陳水扁) statement that it's time to "seriously consider" scrapping the NUC and its guidelines has sparked a controversy, the KMT caucus advised him to take heed of his political credibility and put aside his agenda to abolish the NUC, focusing his energy instead on revitalizing the nation's economy.

Tsai claimed that scrapping the NUC and its guidelines "absolutely contradicts" Chen's own "five noes" pledge of not declaring Taiwan independence, not changing the nation's official title, not pushing for inclusion into the Constitution of the "state-to-state" description of cross-strait relations, not holding a referendum on independence versus unification and not abolishing the NUC. Chen made the "five noes" pledge in his inauguration addresses in 2000 and 2004.

"If the president insists on pushing ahead with his proposal to abolish the NUC, then his political credibility will again be open to doubt," Tsai said.

On the president's argument that he was proposing abrogating the NUC in deference to a Legislative Yuan resolution to do away with all illegal organizations under the Presidential Office, Tsai said if the issue flares up again at the legislature, it could be seen internationally as an attempt by the Chen administration to tilt toward independence.

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