No stipulations to national affairs conference: Hau
By Lauly Li, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Responding to a statement by former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on a potential national affairs conference, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday said if the ruling and opposition leaders want to arrange a cross-party meeting, then no one should come to it with prerequisites.
August 14, 2013, 11:48 am TWN
Tsai recently demanded that President Ma Ying-jeou hold a national affairs conference. She urged Ma to immediately halt the construction of the Fourth Nuclear Power Plant as a way to show the “sincerity” of his wish to talk with opposition leaders.
In response, Ma on Sunday said that arranging a meeting for ruling and opposition leaders will be difficult if everyone demands prerequisites. Ma added that he thinks a national affairs conference has the potential to cover “everything” as long as the attendees come with an open mind.
Hau said politicians must reconcile with each other and work on bettering the country together, adding that if political parties in Taiwan could not reconcile, then anyone who takes the presidential office would not be able to foster progress for the country.
Hau said neither the ruling nor opposition party should set difficult challenges for each other when discussing the possibility of holding a national affairs conference. Hau said he hopes cross-party leaders can sit down and discuss major issues in Taiwan, noting that to have effective communication between politicians is the first step to cooperation.
“Politicians in Taiwan must establish mutual trust in order to better the nation together,” Hau said.
The mayor said he has been invited by the DPP to attend a series of forums to be held by the party toward the end of August. Hau said that he does not have any presumptions to the forums, adding that “I will do everything I can to help the ruling and oppositional reconcile.”
Hau added that to him, the DPP's invitation is a chance to have cross-party communication, therefore he did not hesitate for a second to accept the DPP's invitation.
According to a DPP member, the forums begin on Aug. 23 until mid-September, and are set to discuss the party's China policy as well as policies that were implemented during former President Chen Shui-bian's eight years in office.