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Su awaiting KMT, PFP answer

TALK TACTICS A senior minister said the DPP, TSU and NPSU had been contacted about taking part in a cross-party meeting but the pan-blues had not yet responded

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) is awaiting responses from the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and People First Party (PFP) about a proposed cross-party meeting, Minister without Portfolio Lin Si-yao (林錫耀) said yesterday.

Su wants to convene a cross-party meeting of party leaders to resolve the current political unrest.

"We reached the Democratic Progressive Party [DPP], Taiwan Solidarity Union [TSU] and Non-Partisan Solidarity Union [NPSU], and nearly hashed it out [setting up a meeting]," Lin said.

"We hope KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) can make an effort to alleviate the political confrontation in terms of the second recall drive," he said.

On Friday, the KMT caucus backed the PFP-sponsored second recall motion against President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), which will be put to a vote on Oct. 13.

Su said the caucus's move was harmful to efforts to arrange a cross-party meeting.

Lin said that he spoke to KMT Secretary-General Chan Chun-po (詹春柏) yesterday to relay Su's message to Ma that a meeting would be possible if Ma showed goodwill.

Lin said that it would not be easy to convince Soong to participate, referring to the PFP's stance that it a meeting is not necessary unless it is aimed at getting Chen to step down.

Representatives of Su and Ma failed to agree on anything during a 90-minute meeting last Wednesday aimed at paving the way for a Su-Ma meeting. While Ma wants a one-on-one meeting with Su, the premier other political leaders to attend.

Lin said that Su had invited the leaders of the DPP, the TSU and the NPSU, and would not go back on his word by meeting just Ma.

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