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Ex-president to visit southern Taiwan after recovering from cancer

2012/04/14 21:07:46

Taipei, April 14 (CNA) Former President Lee Teng-hui plans to visit "old friends" in southern Taiwan from April 18-20, his first long trip after having had surgery to remove a tumor last year, his office said Saturday.

According to Wang Yen-jun, director of Lee's office, only two public appearances are scheduled during the three-day trip, with the rest of the time spent meeting with old friends.

The 89-year-old Lee has recovered well after undergoing surgery last October to remove a tumor found in his bowel, Wang said.

As a precaution, however, doctors from Taipei Veterans General Hospital, where the operation was performed, will also travel with Lee, Wang said. His wife will not join him for the trip.

Lee will visit an irrigation project in Pingtung County on April 19 and be accompanied by Pingtung County Magistrate Tsao Chi-hung.

He will head the next day to Siaolin Village in Kaohsiung, which was relocated after being buried in landslides triggered by Typhoon Morakot in 2009, and will be joined there by Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu, Wang said.

Lee took an interest in the progress of reconstruction of Siaolin after the 2009 typhoon, Wang said, and suggested that Chen build a memorial park, which was completed in January.

Meanwhile, because of his interest in issues related to the distribution of water resources, Lee has been planning to visit the Erfeng Ditch in Pingtung, an underground water intake structure built in the 1920s, Wang said.

(By Sophia Yeh and Kay Liu)