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PRESIDENT WILL NOT TOUCH ON SOVEREIGNTY ISSUE IN INAUGURAL SPEECH

2004-05-06 22:57:36

    Taipei, May 6 (CNA) President Chen Shui-bian will not touch on the Taiwan sovereignty issue when he mentions revisions to the Republic of China Constitution in his May 20 inaugural speech, an aide to the president said Thursday.

    Joseph Wu, deputy secretary-general of the Presidential Office, said Chen will speak on the amendments to the Constitution in his inaugural speech, although Wu added that he is neither a member of the task force editing Chen's speech nor one of the opinion suppliers.

    Wu, who has been appointed as the new chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council in the Cabinet that will be sworn in following Chen's inauguration for his second four-year term, said that the ROC is "absolutely an independent and sovereign nation."

    For his part, Yen Chien-fa, director of the China Affairs Department of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DDP) , said that Chen's speech will cover the establishment of a framework for promoting peaceful and stable cross-Taiwan Strait relations because he already announced before the March 20 presidential election that he will deal with cross-strait issues under the principle of peace.

    Yen suggested that the two sides of the strait should deal with each other in a pragmatic manner.

(By Huang Kwang-chun)

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