Taiwan, China conduct repatriations under Kinmen Agreement
ROC Central News Agency
Taipei, Sept. 12 (CNA) Taiwan's immigration authorities repatriated eight Chinese nationals from Matsu Monday, based on the Kinmen Agreement, while China handed over three Taiwanese.
The reciprocal repatriations were conducted at Fu'ao Port on Nangan, an islet of the Taiwan-controlled Matsu Islands off southern China, with the participation of Taiwanese immigration, coast guard and justice affairs officials, police from Lienchiang County, and representatives of China's Fujian Border Armed Police Corp.
The Matsu Islands are under the administration of the Lianchiang county government.
It was the second time this year the two sides of the Taiwan Strait had repatriated people to the other side under the Kinmen Agreement, a pact signed by the Red Cross societies of the two sides on Sept. 12, 1990 to allow both parties to participate in and witness the implementation of cross-strait repatriation procedures via sea routes.
Those subject to repatriation under the agreement include individuals illegally entering the territory of the other side (fishermen taking temporary shelter due to force majeure are not subject to this stipulation), and alleged criminal suspects and criminal violators.
The pact is regarded as the first formal agreement reached by private organizations across the strait.
Among the eight Chinese handed over Monday, three had just ended jail terms after being convicted of offenses including homicide, robbery and kidnap for ransom, according to the National Immigration Agency.
(By Chu Tse-wei and Elizabeth Hsu)
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