Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Secretary-General Wu Den-yi (吳敦義) yesterday shouldered the responsibility for the omission of the so-called "1992 consensus" from the party's draft mission statement,but stressed that the KMT remained committed to the "consensus."
Wu further denied that KMT presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou (
"I accepted the party aides' suggestions that some of the contents could be removed in the document, but it doesn't mean that we are changing our position," Wu Den-yi said yesterday at the Legislative Yuan when approached for comment.
The KMT Central Standing Committee on Wednesday approved a draft of the party's key missions for next year, which did not mention the National Unification Guidelines and the "1992 consensus" in its guidance on cross-strait policy.
The move triggered criticisms from former KMT chairman Lien Chan (連戰), People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) and deep-blue members, urging Ma and the KMT not to abandon the party's beliefs for election purposes.
Wu Den-yi said the KMT has always cherished deep-blue supporters, and it would discuss the issue before finalizing the document during the committee meeting next Wednesday.
"The 1992 consensus reflects the position of the KMT, and it is included in the party charter. Chairman Lien was misled by the media," he said.
Ma yesterday reiterated the importance of the "1992 consensus" to the KMT's cross-strait policy but declined to answer whether his top aides were involved in altering the draft mission statement.
"The document is much less important than our party charter. I don't know why the issue has been exaggerated," Ma said.
"It's meaningless to argue over the 1992 consensus when the main concern of the people is the economy. I have always believed in the 1992 consensus," he said.
Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng (
The "1992 consensus" refers to an alleged consensus reached between Chinese and Taiwanese negotiators during talks in Hong Kong in 1992 that there is "one China, with each side having its own interpretation."
KMT Legislator Su Chi (蘇起) admitted in March last year that he made up the term "1992 consensus" before the transfer of power to the Democratic Progressive Party government in 2000.
President Chen Shui-bian (
"It's unbelievable," the president said while on an inspection tour of Taichung County.
"What are we supposed to do if we hand over the country to Ma and he just changes his goals and ideals whenever he is under pressure?" he said.
Chen said he welcomed the KMT's scrapping of the guidelines and the "1992 consensus" because that would conform to mainstream opinion.
In a separate setting, Democratic Progressive Party presidential candidate Frank Hsieh (