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Legislature talks over pact to wait until president meets protesters

2014/03/26 12:35

Taipei, March 26 (CNA) Following two rounds of unsuccessful talks between ruling and opposition lawmakers over the services pact with China, Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng said Wednesday he will wait to try a third time until after the president meets with the protesters occupying the Legislature.

Wang's comment indicates an attempt to shift pressure to Ma Ying-jeou over ending the legislative deadlock, one of the catalysts that drove protesters to take over the Legislative Yuan building on March 18.

Speaking to journalists outside his Taipei home, Wang praised the president's willingness to talk with protesters a good development, adding that lawmakers wait to see the outcome before more talks among themselves.

As for the talks, Wang said more concessions will be necessary from both the ruling Kuomintang and the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) before they can find a way to execute the thorough review of the pact demanded by protesters.

But Wang said he is in agreement with the DPP that a third round of discussions should wait until Ma sits down to talk with the student-led protesters who have held the legislative chamber for over a week.

The students broke in last Tuesday as a protest to the trade-in-services pact with China. Their presence has ground the Legislature to a halt, pausing the fierce deliberations that saw an angry DPP caucus fighting against the KMT's efforts to end a committee review and push the pact strait to a floor vote.

In an attempt to end the crisis, Ma offered Tuesday to talk with representatives of the protesters, who have accepted to do so only under certain conditions.

(By Maubo Chang)ENDITEM/WH

(Click here for the latest on the ongoing protest and developments since the Legislature occupation starting March 18.)