Vienna, 15 June 2006 Press release

Declaration by the Presidency on behalf of the European Union on additional direct cross-straits passenger flights during holiday periods


Vienna, 15 June 2006 - The European Union welcomes the announcement on 14 June of agreement on additional direct Cross-Straits passenger flights during holiday periods, and also some direct cargo flights, building on the beneficial experience of direct charter flights over the Chinese New Year.

The European Union appreciates this positive measure to build confidence, since it attaches great importance to peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait which are important for the region and beyond.

Reiterating its One-China policy, the EU encourages both sides to take further initiatives aimed at promoting dialogue, practical cooperation and confidence-building. The EU is firmly convinced that the Taiwan question must be solved peacefully through cross-straits negotiations between all stakeholders concerned.

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