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Pan-blues team up to foil NUC plan

UNITED The KMT and PFP, along with independent legislators, said they would stop at nothing to halt the president's plan to abolish the National Unification Council

By Shih Hsiu-chuan and Chang Yun-ping  /  STAFF REPORTERS

Representatives from the Chinese Nationalist Party, the People First Party and the Non-Partisan Solidarity Union yesterday condemn the Democratic Progressive Party, vowing to block its attempt to abolish the National Unification Council and guidelines.

PHOTO: SEAN CHAO, TAIPEI TIMES

Pro-unification opposition parties have teamed up with the aim of preventing President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) from abolishing the National Unification Council (NUC), and said they do not rule out any course of action in their bid to stop Chen from doing so.

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT), the People First Party (PFP) and independent legislators announced their intention to stop the president from advancing with the abolition of the NUC at a joint press conference held yesterday at the legislature.

KMT policy committee director Tseng Yung-chuan (曾永權) said, "We will take any measures required, including impeaching the president, passing a motion to censure the president in the Legislature and indefinitely adjourning the legislative session."

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Yeh Yi-jin (葉宜津) yesterday called on the opposition alliance not to engage in an "irrational" boycott that may promote conflict among the general public.

The KMT caucus said on Thursday it would propose a motion to censure the president during yesterday's procedural committee and put it to a vote at next Friday's meeting. But it failed to carry out its threat yesterday, citing the Legislature's regulations.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislators, however, said that the KMT caucus was asked to back away from its planned motion after meeting with Legislative Speaker Wang Jyn-ping (王金平), who cautioned the opposition to consider the public's reaction to any censure bid.

Late yesterday, KMT legislators Ting Shou-chung (丁守中) and Chu Fung-chih (朱鳳芝) held a press conference to announce they were about to propose a motion to impeach Chen.

"We started the signature drive for the impeachment proposal on Jan.4 after Chen's New Year Day's address in which he announced the tightening of cross-strait policies," Ting said.

Ting said he had already collected 43 signatures, and 12 more signatures would be enough to bring a motion in the Legislature.

Thirty of the signatories were KMT legislators, 11 were PFP legislators and the other two were independent legislators, he added.

Meanwhile, Wang left yesterday for Singapore on a four-day trip, the purpose of which he declined to reveal.

However, an anonymous legislative source said the purpose of the trip was to ask the Singaporean government to pass on a message to China regarding the controversy surrounding Chen's plan to abolish the NUC.

Wang's office dismissed the speculation, saying that it was a private trip.

Wang was accompanied by a group of KMT legislators and is scheduled to return to Taiwan on Monday.

In related developments, the Mainland Affairs Council Vice Chairman Liu Te-shun (劉德勳) said yesterday "the true saboteur [in cross-strait relations] is China, and the `Anti-Secession' Law it passed in March last year."

Liu made the remarks in response to comments made by China's Taiwan Affairs Office yesterday, which reiterated its opposition to Chen's plan to abolish the NUC, branding the plan as sabotage of cross-strait relations.

"The `Anti-Secession' Law is the main culprit," Liu said, adding that the law deprives Taiwanese people of their choice to decide their own future by forcing the people on both side of the Strait to recognize unification as the only option for the future of cross-strait relations.

Liu said that if China doesn't want Taiwan to scrap the NUC, it should amend its "Anti-Secession" Law and allow space for the survival of the Republic of China.

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