NAME CHANGES FOR OVERSEAS MISSIONS WILL TAKE TIME: MOFA
Taipei, Dec. 9 (CNA) A proposal to seek a name change for the country's missions overseas will need the consent of their host countries, which will be a time-consuming task that will take more than just two years, a government official said Thursday.
Any changes to the titles of Taiwan's missions abroad must first acquire approval from the countries in which they are located, according to Michel Lu, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
President Chen Shui-bian said Sunday that the government will seek to alter the names of the country's representative offices and missions abroad and those of state-run companies in two years by including the word "Taiwan" in their official titles in order to spotlight Taiwan's identity on the world stage.
Yang Maysing, head of the MOFA's Research and Planning Board, claimed that the name change issue can be dealt with flexibly on a case-by-case basis, depending on the situation in each country.
(By Flor Wang)
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