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Su's unwillingness to meet Ma, call for national conference perplexing: KMT

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Opposition leader Su Tseng-chang's (蘇貞昌) neglect to use legislative channels for cross-party dialogue and call for national conference is perplexing, Kuomintang spokesman Yin Wei (殷瑋) said yesterday.

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Su should use the nation's Constitutional framework and face cross-party differences pragmatically, instead of resorting to political schemes, Yin said.

In response to Su's renewed call for a national conference, Yin released a press statement, saying that national conferences were held in the past as an expedient solution because the nation's Constitutional framework was not yet complete.

Furthermore, Yin added, conclusions that were reached during national conferences still had to be sent to the Cabinet and Legislature for approval and implementation.

The opposition has a significant number of seats in the Legislative Yuan, Yin said, adding that DPP members ought to use the Legislature to express their opinions, which will then be considered by the administrative branches of the government.

Forums can be held at the Executive Yuan, while public hearings can be held at the Legislative Yuan; there really is no need for a national conference, Yin said.

President Ma Ying-jeou is more than happy to talk to opposition members, Yin said, adding that the president's doors remain open to leaders who wish to speak to him.

Ma has repeatedly invited Su to discuss national matters, but Su has turned him down numerous times, Yin said, adding that Su's call for a national conference is perplexing, especially when considering the fact that he is unwilling to meet the president.

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