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Ker's charter proposal 'immature': Koo Kuan-min

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan independence advocate Koo Kuan-min (辜寬敏) yesterday slammed Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus whip Ker Chien-ming's (柯建銘) proposal to freeze the party's so-called Taiwan Independence Clause, calling it an “immature move.”

Ker made his statement during a conference regarding the party's cross-strait relations policies last Thursday, saying that the DPP should freeze its so-called Taiwan Independence Clause — which centers on the party's belief that Taiwan should be independent from China — because continuing to pursue the ideology could delay the DPP's return to power.

If the DPP's agenda is a return to power, it will be necessary to show potential voters, China and the world that it is capable of maintaining cross-strait relations with a global outlook, said Ker, who also suggested that the clause could be “unfrozen” in the future.

As it has already accomplished its essential purpose, said Ker during the conference, the DPP should consider officially suspending its Taiwan Independence Clause because in the current day and age, the clause has proved itself an obstacle to the DPP's relations with mainland China.

Ker's proposal and ideology are still undeveloped and childish, said Koo, one of the pan-green members opposed to the suggestion. “Perhaps Ker had mentioned this in the hopes of provoking the DPP to discuss the matter in detail, but the thought lacks maturity. This is like someone telling me, 'Mr. Koo, I don't like the red suit you are wearing,' and I reply that I will take it off so we can discuss the matter; but are things as simple as this? Our issues with China are complicated and difficult,” said Koo.

He continued, saying “The public should regard how our society is reacting to Ker's words. If the people have opposed so fiercely his remark even before we have sat down for a discussion with the 'other side,' how will the DPP promote this policy?”

The DPP should propose policies that Taiwanese people will accept and support, and China will eventually be forced to do the same; the best would be the “land of brothers” theory he once suggested, said Koo.

The party chairman should shoulder the responsibility in proposing a draft for such a policy for members to talk about, as cross-strait relations are prickly issues; the outcome may be completely different from the draft but it would be better than holding meetings now without a direction, Koo stressed.

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Members of the One Country on Each Side Alliance (OCESA) pose for a group photo at their headquarters in Tainan, yesterday. The alliance voiced its opposition to Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus Ker Chien-ming's (柯建銘) words during a party meeting last Thursday, when Ker said that the party should freeze its so-called Taiwan Independence Clause. (CNA)

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