KMT to back own referendum on return to U.N.
The China Post news staff
March 13, 2008, 12:00 am TWN
But Wu emphasized that the referendum, which was designated as the No. 6 referendum by the CEC, will pose no danger to regional security and won’t undermine the nation’s friendship with the U.S.
This referendum will at the same time more pragmatically and flexibly demonstrate the people’s willingness and determination for the nation to rejoin the U.N. and take part in other major international organizations, he said.
The KMT wants “a return of the Republic of China” to that world body. The ROC was a key founding member of the U.N., from which it was ousted and replaced by Communist China in 1971.
Ma Ying-jeou, KMT candidate for president, said publicly for the first time at a campaign rally in Keelung City in the afternoon that he would support the No. 6 referendum.
He already mentioned earlier that he would abide by any decision his party took.
As for the people who decided to boycott both of the two referendums, Wu said the KMT fully understands their attitude and respects their decision.
He said the referendums in Taiwan have been twisted into a political tool by Chen. Boycotting the referendums is a vote of no confidence in Chen, he added.
Wu said the fourth major decision adopted by the party is to fully back the Legislative Yuan’s plan for the people’s representatives to adopt a resolution urging the government to continue pushing for the nation’s admission to the U.N. and other world bodies.
He said the legislators, newly elected in January, represent the most recent opinions of the people in Taiwan.
KMT lawmakers have forged a three-fourths majority in the parliament and are working together with independent colleagues who have no party affiliations.
The DPP, which now has only 27 lawmakers in the 113-seat parliament, has steadfastly opposed the plan, Wu said.
DPP leaders voiced strong opposition to the four policy decisions concerning the U.N. referendums.
They said that Ma, not President Chen who started the whole U.N. referendum disputes, should take full responsibility for the failure to pass the referendum.
Meanwhile, members of an alliance formed by people who are boycotting all the U.N. referendums, shaved their head outside the Legislative Yuan to show their determination to oppose the plebiscites.
They changed Chen’s slogans and ubiquitous logos like “UN FOR TAIWAN” and “PEACE FOREVER” to “FUN FOR TAIWAN” and “FARCE FOREVER” in the public protest.