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Taiwan concerned about Crimea referendum
Central News Agency
2014-03-14 11:17 PM
Taipei, March 14 (CNA) The Republic of China is concerned about a referendum to be held in the Crimean peninsula on joining Russia on March 16, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Friday. The ministry said in a news release that the ROC government is in support of any proposals that will help solve problems faced by Ukraine, and calls for all sides to respect the sovereignty independence, territorial integration and democratic development in Ukraine. Related parties should engage in dialogue to reduce tensions and solve disputes through diplomatic channels and a peaceful approach that is in line with international law, the ministry said. The self-declared rulers in Crimea are recruiting volunteers to fight Ukrainian soldiers while the Russian government has sent lawmakers a draft bill that would simplify the Kremlin's annexation of Crimea after Sunday's vote. But Kiev rejects that referendum and is appealing to Western powers to apply pressure on Moscow to release its grip on the mostly Russian-speaking region. (By Tang Pei-chun and Lilian Wu)
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