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2004-02-06 21:37:48

    Washington, Feb. 6 (CNA) U.S. Senator George Allen, the co-chairman of a Senate pro-Taiwan group, the Taiwan Caucus, put into the Congressional Record Thursday a statement in support of Taiwan's planned referendum, according to a news release issued by the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA).

    The news release cited Allen as saying in the record that the referendum is only a response to mainland China's ever-increasing military threat; anyone who claims that the referendum will bring the island to the verge of war has misunderstood the purposes of the referendum.

    Calling Taiwan "a democracy that is our ally and friend, " Allen said the people of Taiwan are entitled to have a referendum on March 20, and that there should be no double standard in practicing democracy.

    In addition to Allen, many United States representatives have also expressed their sympathy for Taiwan's referendum, including Joseph Hoeffel from Pennsylvania, Scott Garrett from New Jersey, and Chris Bell from Texas.

    The news release said these lawmakers are only a few of the many U.S Congressmen who support Taiwan's referendum, and the FAPA is seeking even more U.S. congressmen's support.

(By Lin Wen-chi & Maubo Chang)


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