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Taipei City Council approves use of 'Taiwan' in accord with Prague

Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib (left) and Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (right) met in Taipei in March, CNA file photo
Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib (left) and Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (right) met in Taipei in March, CNA file photo

Taipei, Dec. 24 (CNA) The Taipei City Council passed a motion Tuesday to forge sisterhood ties with Prague, capital of the Czech Republic using the term "the City of Taipei, Taiwan" in the agreement, city government spokesman Tom Chou (周台竹) said that day.

The city government will make a report to the Executive Yuan and inform the Czech Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei regarding the accord, Chou said, adding that the agreement is expected to be signed by Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) during a visit to Europe in January.

The draft agreement, which describes Taipei as "the city of Taipei, Taiwan," had been stalled in the Taipei City Council since early November, as the city government and the city council have been at odds on using the description "Taiwan" in the accord.

While the city government insists on using "Taiwan" in the accord, some councilors, mostly from Taiwan's opposition Kuomintang (KMT), want "Republic of China" -- the country's official title -- in place of "Taiwan" in the document.

Taipei City Councilor Angela Ying (應曉薇) of the KMT said she fully supports the establishment of sisterhood ties between Taipei and Prague but is opposed to inking the accord using "Taiwan" in the agreement.

In October, Prague terminated a sister city agreement with Beijing due to a dispute over the removal of China's "one China" policy clause from their agreement.

Prague Mayor Zdenek Hrib announced Dec. 2 that he will sign a sister city agreement with Ko during the Taipei mayor's visit to the Czech capital next month.

(By Liu Jiang-pang and Evelyn Kao)

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