Legislative speaker calls for wisdom to help end stalemate
Central News Agency
2014-03-31 11:15 PM
Taipei, March 31 (CNA) Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng urged the ruling and opposition parties on Monday to use wisdom to find common ground amid differences over a controversial trade-in-services agreement after a meeting aimed at ending the standoff broke down. In a statement, Wang asked all parties to come up with feasible proposals that will conform to legislative procedures and regulations so as to solve the problem.

Alex Fai, a caucus whip of the ruling Kuomintang, said the party had only two humble suggestions to break the stalemate.

One is to have Speaker Wang preside over the item-by-item review of the pact in a joint committee and the other is for the opposition Democratic Progressive Party to not occupy the podium during the process. But Ker Chien-ming, a DPP caucus whip, said his party is in favor of "only passing legislation on a system to closely monitor cross-strait pacts this legislative session," and insisted there would be no screening of the service trade pact.

Ker also said that if Wang wanted to preside over the committee meeting, the organic acts of the Legislature and legislative committees would have to be revised. (By Wen Kuei-hsiang and Lilian Wu)

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