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Direct cross-straits passenger flights during holiday periods

Norway has aligned with an EU declaration on 21 June 2006 concerning direct Cross-Straits passenger flights during holiday periods, building on the beneficial experience of direct charter flights over the Chinese New Year.

The declaration reads as follows:

The European Union welcomes the announcement on 14 June of agreement on additional direct Cross-Straits passenger flights during holiday periods, and also some direct cargo flights, building on the beneficial experience of direct charter flights over the Chinese New Year.

The European Union appreciates this positive measure to build confidence, since it attaches great importance to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait which are important for the region and beyond. Reiterating its One-China policy, the EU encourages both sides to take further initiatives aimed at promoting dialogue, practical cooperation and confidence-building. The EU is firmly convinced that the Taiwan question must be solved peacefully through cross-straits negotiations between all stakeholders concerned.

The Acceding Countries Bulgaria and Romania, the Candidate Countries Turkey, Croatia* and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova align themselves with this declaration.”

* Croatia and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia continue to be part of the
Stabilisation and Association Process.

(21 June 2006)

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