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20 March 2004

U.S. Congratulates People of Taiwan on Election

March 20 statement by Deputy Spokesman Adam Ereli

The United States congratulates the people of Taiwan for conducting a democratic campaign and exercising their voting rights, according to a statement issued by Deputy Spokesman Adam Ereli.

Ereli's March 20 statement noted questions have been raised concerning the election results, but expressed confidence in the ability of all parties involved to calmly pursue a legal resolution.

Following is the text of the statement:

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U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesman
For Immediate Release
March 20, 2004

Statement by Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman

Taiwan Presidential Election

The United States congratulates the people of Taiwan for having conducted a democratic election campaign and for having exercised their democratic voting rights in such large numbers.

We note that the Central Election Commission has declared that Pan-Green has won by a very narrow margin.

We are aware that the Pan-Blue alliance has raised questions about the results.

We are confident that both sides and their supporters will remain calm, and that they will use the established legal mechanisms to resolve any questions about the election results.

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(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site:

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