Yu outlines `failed' effort to meet Soong

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Thu, Dec 07, 2006 - Page 3

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Yu Shyi-kun said yesterday that a planned meeting with People First Party Chairman James Soong (宋楚瑜) last month was aborted because Soong proposed "unacceptable conditions."

Yu told reporters after the DPP Central Standing Committee meeting that he proposed meeting Soong to discuss bills on the Chinese Nationalist Party's (KMT) stolen assets and an arms procurement budget, but the meeting did not take place because of Soong's demands.

Soong said the DPP must abandon its support for Taiwan's independence, agree to ease the cap on investment in China and allow direct links between Taipei and Shanghai before he would meet.

Yu said he did not realize why Soong had set such "unacceptable conditions" until several days later, when he learned KMT Chairman Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and Soong had met in secret last Friday.

He said he had no plans to meet with Soong now, because everyone was busy campaigning. He said the DPP doesn't want to see Soong elected because his victory would mean a reunified pan-blue camp.

"Soong is a great threat to local political power," Yu said. "He is the DPP's public enemy."

PFP Spokesman Lee Hung-chun (李鴻鈞) said it was Yu who wished to arrange the meeting, but Soong turned him down.

"We didn't have a chance to talk about the conditions of whether to hold the meeting or not as we didn't want the meeting from the beginning," Lee said.

Additional reporting by Shih Hsiu-chuan