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

The EU welcomes the positive momentum given to the development of cross-Strait relations in the inaugural speech by Taiwan's new leader, Ma Ying-jeou, and in the statement by Chen Yunlin, Director of the Taiwan Affairs Office of the Chinese State Council.

The EU believes that the establishment of a new administration in Taiwan provides a unique opportunity for the two sides to make further progress in their practical relations and opens the possibility for them to take positive steps towards the resumption of a meaningful dialogue which will be of benefit to the people on both sides of the Strait and would enhance regional peace and stability.

The EU welcomes the willingness of both sides to take up these opportunities.

The EU reiterates its One China Policy and its firm support for a peaceful resolution of the Taiwan question.

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 Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and 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: 05.06.2008