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Su Tseng-chang: Efforts of Wang Jin-pyng paid off
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-04-06 06:16 PM
DPP Chairman Su Tseng-chang said Sunday that Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng had responded appropriately to the demands of the student protesters at the Legislative Yuan and should be applauded for his efforts. He said Wang’s decision to visit the students at the Legislative Yuan on Sunday was a crucial step toward working out a solution to the stand-off between the students and the Ma administration which has played out over the past three weeks in Taipei.

Wang dropped by the Legislative Yuan Sunday morning to talk briefly with students occupying the Assembly Hall of the legislative body. He also issued a statement saying that the two sides had agreed to enact an oversight mechanism before taking up a review of the Cross-strait Service Trade Agreement (CSSTA) in committee.

Su held a press conference together with three leaders of the DPP legislative caucus Sunday. He pointed out that the students have held forth in the Legislative Yuan for 20 days now in the interest of protecting Taiwan's democracy. They have repeatedly called on President Ma Ying-jeou to come forward and respond to their demands, but unfortunately the president has opted for confrontation rather than dialogue with the students, ignoring the voices of a majority of the people who support the students and their movement.

Su said Wang has shown the courage to come forward and commit to the idea of setting up a monitoring mechanism before reviewing CSSTA, a specific response to one of the demands of the students. Su believes this will turn out to have been a critical step in breaking the impasse between the students and the government.

Su said cross-strait relations are a sensitive and complex subject, and the DPP has always advocated that agreements should be subject to supervision and regulation by both the ruling and opposition sides to ensure that democratic procedures are followed and to give citizens a chance to observe and monitor legislative actions.

Wang said the ruling and opposition parties have agreed on the need to institute regulations, and they should be enacted in the shortest time so that all parties can move on to the next step, namely a detailed review of CSSTA. Wang said both ruling and opposition legislators are looking forward to the review process and will respond to student demands to include the voices of citizens.

Su called on President Ma Ying-jeou to listen to and respond to the hopes of the people and to work with them to resolve problems. In addition, he said, students have proven that they can carry the burdens of the country, and the people should be grateful to them for their diligence.

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