3.03.2006

Give me a break!

Press Statement from Adam Ereli
Press Statement
Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 2, 2006

Taiwan – Senior Taiwan Officials’ Comments on National Unification Council

We have seen reports that senior Taiwan officials have said, with respect to the National Unification Council, that there is no distinction between "abolish" and "ceasing activity" and that the effect of Taiwan’s action earlier this week was to abolish the Council.

We have been informed, however, that the reports misquoted Taiwan officials. We expect the Taiwan authorities publicly to correct the record and unambiguously affirm that the February 27 announcement did not abolish the National Unification Council, did not change the status quo, and that the assurances remain in effect.

Our understanding from the authorities in Taiwan was that the action Taiwan took on February 27 was deliberately designed not to change the status quo, as Chen Shui-bian made clear in his 7-point statement.

Abrogating an assurance would be changing the status quo, and that would be contrary to that understanding.

We believe the maintenance of Taiwan’s assurances is critical to preservation of the status quo. Our firm policy is that there should be no unilateral change in the status quo, as we have said many times.

2006/241

Released on March 2, 2006

Honestly, scrapping off a government body that has been ineffective for years and only has an annual budget of NT 1000 dollars is worth all the hassle? The fact that whether it's abolish or cease to function or scrap or in Mandarin 終止、廢除、凍結, the fact remains the same. Democracy is the common virtue here. Getting rid of the NUC and guidelines means giving the choice back to the people of Taiwan, to people like me and my family and my friends. The NUC is a rediculous 'product' of the authoritarian past. We just want to move on. Is this that difficult to understand?

[Taiwan], [US], [China]

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