Thu, Aug 23, 2007 - Page 3 News List

DPP committee fails to agree on draft resolution

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) Central Executive Committee did not reach a conclusion on the party's draft "normal country resolution" yesterday but established a consensus that the party needs such a resolution to boost its electoral performance.

DPP Chairman Yu Shyi-kun, who has been pushing the draft resolution, told a press conference after the committee meeting that he was glad the committee agreed that a "normal country clause" was necessary.

"Everyone [in the committee] agreed that we need to propose a vision and goal for Taiwan in the legislative and presidential elections in 2008," Yu said, adding that wording and content of the draft would be further deliberated before next week's committee meeting.

The draft will be finalized after consultation with the DPP presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) and President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), Yu said.

The party publicized its latest draft version on Tuesday, maintaining the party's goals of changing the nation's title to "Taiwan" and writing a new constitution.

Unlike the first version publicized on Aug 1, the latest draft deleted the argument that the party needs the resolution to rid itself of a "constitutional one-China" framework.

The argument had led to bickering between party headquarters and Hsieh's camp because he said in May that the party needs to recognize the Constitution before it can be amended.

The new draft also sought to define the nation's territory as "Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu" and abolish the nation's special municipality system.

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