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Taiwanese NUC-decision

Norway aligned itself to an EU decleration on the decision of the Taiwanese leader regarding the NUC, published in Brussels and Vienna 1 March 2006.

06/03/2006 :: Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on the decision of the Taiwanese leader regarding the NUC

The EU attaches great importance to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. This is important to the region and beyond and the EU has on previous occasions urged both sides to refrain from actions which could increase tensions.

The EU therefore takes note with concern of the announcement by the Taiwanese leader Chen Shui-bian that the National Unification Council would cease to function and its guidelines would no longer be applied. This decision is not helpful to maintain stability and peaceful development in the Taiwan Strait.

At the same time the EU is reassured by the reiteration of Taiwan’s previous commitments and intention not to change the status quo. It encourages both sides to take initiatives aimed at promoting dialogue, practical cooperation and confidence-building. The EU is firmly convinced that the Taiwan question should be solved 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 and Bosnia and Herzegovina and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as 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.

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