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C 40/428 Official Journal of the European Communities EN 7.2.


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10. Calls on Unesco to work with developing countries and donors to develop effective qualitative
targets in areas such as teacher training, curriculum development and gender equity;

11. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the parliaments of
the Member States, UNESCO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, the IMF and the World Bank.

16. Taiwan

B5-0347, 0356, 0372 and 0388/2000

European Parliament resolution on Taiwan

The European Parliament,

+ having regard to its previous resolutions on Taiwan and on China, notably its resolution of 18 July
1996 on Taiwan’s role in international organisations (1),

A. whereas the recent presidential elections brought to power the candidate of the Democratic Progres-
sive party Chen-Shui-bian after more than 50 years of power of the Nationalist Party (Kuomintang),

B. whereas the voter turnout for the election of over 82 % indicates a very high level of interest and
participation in the democratic process,

C. whereas Mr Chen Shui-bian was elected President and Ms Annette Lu was elected Vice-President with
a 39,3 % share of the vote and they will take office on 20 May 2000,

D. deeply concerned by the threats of the Chinese authorities who tried to affect and undermine the
electoral campaign,

E. whereas on 21 February 2000 the People’s Republic of China (PRC) published a White Paper in which
it threatens to use military force, not only if Taiwan should proclaim independence, but also if Taiwan
keeps delaying indefinitely talks on an eventual reunification with China,

F. whereas Mr Chen has said he will not declare independence and right after the elections offered to
meet China’s leaders for a ‘peace summit’,

G. stressing the positive and constructive role that Taiwan could play in the region with regard to respect
for human rights, the development of democracy and consolidation of the rule of law,

1. Welcomes the outcome of the Presidential election as a further proof of Taiwan’s development into a
fully fledged democracy;

2. Rejects any military threats and calls on both China and Taiwan to refrain from any kind of provo-
cative action;

3. Calls on China and Taiwan to use dialogue and negotiations to find a solution to their differences
and welcomes the statements of the newly elected President offering to the People’s Republic of China the
possibility to negotiate immediately the establishment of trade relations and direct transportation between

(1) OJ C 261, 9.9.1996, p. 169.
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4. Notes the commitment of the PRC and Taiwan regarding eventual reunification on the basis of a One
China policy based on democratic development, respect for human rights and the rule of law;

5. Reiterates that cooperation among Asian countries in a constructive and peaceful spirit and good
cooperation between Asian countries and the European Union is in the broader interests of the European

6. Calls on EU Member States and the Commission to step up their relations with Taiwan with a view
to securing better representation for Taiwan in international fora (including the WTO) and to open a
Commission Representative office in Taipei;

7. Instructs its Delegation for Relations with China to find ways of establishing relations with the Parlia-
ment of Taiwan;

8. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission and the govern-
ments of Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China.

17. Youth ***III


European Parliament legislative resolution on the joint text approved by the Conciliation Commit-
tee for a European Parliament and Council decision establishing the Community action programme
for youth (C5-0116/2000 / 1998/0197(COD))

(Codecision procedure: third reading)

The European Parliament,

+ having regard to the joint text approved by the Conciliation Committee (C5-0116/2000),

+ having regard to its position at first reading (1) on the Commission proposal to Parliament and the
Council (COM(1998) 331) (2),

+ having regard to the amended proposal (COM(1998) 695) (3),

+ having regard to its position at second reading on the Council common position, (4)

+ having regard to the Commission’s opinion on Parliament’s amendments to the common position
(COM(1999) 659 + C5-0345/1999),

+ having regard to Article 251(5) of the EC Treaty,

+ having regard to Rule 83 of its Rules of Procedure,

+ having regard to the report of its delegation to the Conciliation Committee (A5-0100/2000),

1. Approves the joint text;

2. Instructs its President to sign the act with the President of the Council pursuant to Article 254(1) of
the EC Treaty;

(1) OJ C 359, 23.11.1998, p. 75.
(2) OJ C 311, 10.10.1998, p. 6.
(3) OJ C 28, 3.2.1999, p. 8.
(4) ‘Texts Adopted’ of 28.10.1999, Item 5.