Taipei, Jan. 9 (CNA) El Salvador's ambassador to Taiwan has been asked by her government to return to answer questions over cooperative projects between the two countries, according to a source familiar with the matter. The remarks followed days of foreign media reports that El Salvador was calling Ambassador Marta Chang de Tsien back home from Taipei for consultation on claims that the Central American country's former President Francisco Flores received checks worth millions of U.S. dollars from Taiwan during his term some 10 years ago. El Salvador's embassy in Taiwan was not immediately reachable for comment. A day earlier, Francisco Flores reportedly admitted that he had accepted the money, but he denied that the funds were diverted for his personal use. Reports said that President Mauricio Funes had instructed the foreign ministry to request Chang de Tsien's return. El Salvador's foreign ministry has also reportedly expressed dissatisfaction over what it called delays in Taiwan's responses to its inquiries into the funds, which were donated between October 2003 and April 2004. Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs declined to comment on the matter, saying only that the case has entered the judicial process in El Salvador. Ties between the two countries have not been affected, it added.
Spokeswoman Anna Kao emphasized that the Republic of China (Taiwan) executes foreign aid programs under principles of seeking proper goals, acting lawfully and exercising effective administration. (By Elaine Hou)