Yu resolution to appear on agenda

ON: The DPP chairman's 'normal country' resolution has been supported by 32 party members and meets the requirements for inclusion on the congressional agenda

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA

Sun, Sep 30, 2007 - Page 3

Chairman Yu Shyi-kun's "normal country resolution" version will be included on the national congressional agenda today, a member of the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) national congress procedural committee, Gao Jyh-peng (高志鵬), said yesterday.

Gao said the inclusion of Yu's proposed version on the agenda had met requirements after it was endorsed by a certain number of party members.

As of press time, the version had received endorsements from 32 party members.

In other words, Gao said, the congress today will discuss both Yu's proposed version and the version passed by the party's Central Executive Committee on Wednesday.

Yu, backed by radical party members, proposed a version in which the wording of a passage in a DPP "normal country resolution" would include the words "changing the country's title to Taiwan" from the current Republic of China.

Yu offered to step down last week upon learning that he had been indicted on suspicion of misusing his special allowance fund.

He originally planned to step down after the party's national congress today. Yu later decided on Wednesday last week to resign right away after a high-level meeting chaired by President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) reached a consensus on the wording of a resolution passage to be formally adopted at the party congress to serve as the party's platform in next year's presidential election.

The approved wording is: "pushing for Taiwan's name rectification and writing a new constitution as early as possible," which is at odds with Yu's idea.

In a move speculated by media to be an attempt to resolve a potential confrontation between the two versions of the resolution at today's congress, Premier Chang Chun-hsiung (張俊雄) yesterday held a three-hour closed-door meeting with party heavyweights over the "normal country resolution" issue.

Executive Yuan Secretary-General Chen Chin-jun (陳景峻) said after the meeting that the meeting was not meant to be an attempt to dissuade Yu's proposed version but a discussion on the run-down of today's congressional agenda.

Additional reporting by Jimmy Chuang