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PRESIDENT REITERATES HIS 'FOUR NOES PLUS ONE' COMMITMENT

2004-02-13 23:01:45

    Tokyo, Feb. 13 (CNA) Republic of China President Chen Shui-bian reiterated his "four noes plus one' commitment Friday in an interview with the Japanese Kyodo News Agency.

    According to a Kyodo News report dispatched from Taipei, Chen said in the interview that if reelected, he would neither declare Taiwan independence nor change the established policies on the "four noes plus one" he announced in his inaugural speech on May 20, 2000.

    The "four noes plus one" refer to not declaring Taiwan independence, not changing Taiwan's national title, not pushing forth the inclusion of the so-called "state-to-state" description on the cross-Taiwan Strait relations in the ROC Constitution, not promoting a referendum to change the status quo in regards to the question of Taiwan's independence or unification with mainland China and not abolishing the ROC National Reunification Council.

    With respect to the planned referendum to be held on March 20 alongside the presidential election, Chen expressed the hope that the United States, Japan and other nations will not have misgivings about the vote triggered by an intentionally distorted interpretation by Beijing.

    The referendum, which will be the first-ever nation-wide one held in Taiwan's history, will be held as scheduled, Chen affirmed.

    Chen is placing two questions before the electorate: Should the government increase Taiwan's anti-missile capability and should the government start negotiations with mainland China on the establishment of a peaceful and stable framework for cross-strait interactions.

    Referring to the opening of the so-called direct cross-strait "three links, " Chen said that Taiwan plans to set up a task force composed of representatives from the economic, academic and cultural sectors for talks on related issues with mainland China.

(By Perry Chang & Huang Kwang-chun)

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