Taiwan leaders urged to correct comments
Updated: 2006-03-03 21:23
The U.S. State Department on Thursday asked the Taiwan authorities to correct
their comments that there is no distinction between "abolish" and "ceasing
activity" with regard to the "National Unification Council."
"We have seen reports that senior Taiwan officials have said, with respect to
the 'National Unification Council', that there is no distinction between
'abolish' and 'ceasing activity' and that the effect of Taiwan's action earlier
this week was to abolish the Council," the State Department said in a statement.
"We expect the Taiwan authorities publicly to correct the record and
unambiguously affirm that the February 27 announcement did not abolish the
'National Unification Council', did not change the status quo, and that the
assurances remain in effect," the statement added.
Taiwan leader Chen Shui-bian declared on Feb. 27 that the "National
Unification Council" (NUC) would "cease to function" and that the "National
Unification Guidelines" would "cease to apply,"which has drawn immediate
opposition and condemnation from major political parties and groups on the
And at the same time, many countries in the world have reiterated their stand
on adhering to the one-China policy and opposing Chen's move of advancing
"Our understanding from the authorities in Taiwan was that the action Taiwan
took on February 27 was deliberately designed not to change the status quo," the
U.S. State Department's statement said.
"Abrogating an assurance would be changing the status quo, and that would be
contrary to that understanding," the statement added.
"We believe the maintenance of Taiwan's assurances is critical to
preservation of the status quo. Our firm policy is that there should be no
unilateral change in the status quo, as we have said many times," said the