19 March 2004
White House Condemns March 19 Attack in Taiwan
March 19 statement on shooting of President Chen, Vice President Lu
The United States condemns the March 19 attack on President Chen Shui-bian and Vice President Annette Lu of Taiwan, according to a White House statement issued March 19.
The statement also praises "the calm that has prevailed on Taiwan since the shooting," which "underscores the civic responsibility of the Taiwan people and the strength of their democratic system."
Following is the text of the statement:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
March 19, 2004
STATEMENT BY THE PRESS SECRETARY
Shooting of Mr. Chen Shui-bian and Ms. Annette Lu in Taiwan
The United States condemns the act of violence in Taiwan today. We are thankful to learn that Mr. Chen Shui-bian and Ms. Annette Lu avoided life-threatening injuries, and our prayers are with them and their families for speedy, full recoveries. The calm that has prevailed on Taiwan since the shooting underscores the civic responsibility of the Taiwan people and the strength of their democratic system. We applaud their commitment to moving forward with the March 20 election, and have confidence in Taiwan's prosperity, security, and commitment to democracy.
(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)
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