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Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on Cross-Strait Relations

The European Union welcomes the elections held in Taiwan on March 22 and reiterates its support for Taiwan's democratic values. The EU hopes that the arrival of the new administration in Taiwan will provide a welcome opportunity for both sides of the strait to make further progress in cross-strait relations, to the benefit of people on each side. The EU reiterates its One China Policy and its firm support for a peaceful resolution of the Taiwan question.

The EU recalls that it does not support Taiwan's formal membership of international organisations where statehood is required. In the framework of its One China Policy, the EU will continue to support Taiwan’s practical participation in specialized multilateral fora where statehood is not a requirement, especially where Taiwan’s participation directly affects its people and is important to the EU and global interests. The EU looks forward to both sides taking concrete steps, including confidence building measures, to agree and implement strategies allowing Taiwan's meaningful participation in such fora.

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, Montenegro, Serbia, and the EFTA countries Iceland and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Armenia 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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Date: 28.03.2008