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DPP welcomes US support for ICAO observer status

FLYING HIGH:The DPP’s US representative is to pass on the party’s thanks after the US enacted a law supporting Taiwanese membership in certain international organizations

By Chris Wang  /  Staff reporter

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday welcomed the announcement of US support for Taiwan’s participation in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

US President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law H.R. 1151, which commits Washington to full support of Taiwan’s membership of organizations where statehood is not a requirement.

DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) was informed during his visit to the US in June that the US House of Representatives and the Senate were expected to pass the resolution supporting Taiwan’s bid for ICAO observer status, DPP Department of International Affairs director Liu Shih-chung (劉世忠) said yesterday

Joseph Wu (吳釗燮), the party’s US representative, is visiting Washington and would thank the US administrative and legislative branches for their efforts, Liu said.

The US administration has publicly supported Taiwan’s participation in the ICAO and would continue to do so, the DPP said.

Meanwhile, the DPP legislative caucus said yesterday that it has not yet discussed its priorities for the second extra legislative session, which is scheduled to begin on July 29, because the party opposes the session.

DPP caucus Secretary-General Gao Jyh-peng (高志鵬) said extra sessions “should not have become a normalized practice in the first place” and criticized the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) for “always trying to pass controversial legislation in the extra sessions rather than in regular ones.”

Gao said the DPP caucus would meet tomorrow to discuss strategy as the KMT caucus has placed the cross-strait service trade pact and a proposed referendum on the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant in Gongliao (貢寮), New Taipei City (新北市), on the agenda for the session.

DPP caucus convener Ker Chien-ming (柯建銘) had previously said “things would get bloody” if the KMT insists on pushing through its agenda in the second extra session, adding that the DPP believes that the service trade pact should not be voted on as a package, and should be reviewed in sections.

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