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NO COMMENT FROM U.S. ON ROC CABINET'S APPROVAL OF BUDGET FOR U.S. ARMS

2004-06-04 13:58:04

    Washington, June 3 (CNA) A U.S. State Department spokesman on Thursday refused to comment on issues related to the ROC Executive Yuan's approval of a special budget to buy weapons from the United States, saying only that the budget still needs to be passed by the island's legislators.

    State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli made the remarks in response to media questions at a daily briefing after Taiwan's Executive Yuan approved a special budget of US$18 billion Wednesday to purchase U.S. arms.

    Asked whether the United States has invited Taiwan's legislators through the American Institute in Taiwan to come to the U.S. capital and Hawaii later this month to see the arms the island is considering buying in order to help push the deal, Ereli said he could not confirm whether such an invitation had been made. "I'll look and see if there's anything we can say about a delegation of Taiwanese legislators coming to the United States, and that's what I'll check on," he said.

    Touching on the U.S. stance on the potential arms sales deal, the deputy spokesman said that since the deal is currently under debate within Taiwan, he would only say that the United States has always expressed that it is committed to providing for the island's defensive needs.

(By Jorge Liu and p.c.tang)

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