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CFSP Statement
Declaration of the European Union on the establishment of cross-strait direct flights over the Lunar New Year

Date of release : 03-02-2005

Policy area : General Affairs and External Relations


The EU welcomes the agreement to cross-strait direct charter flights over the Lunar New Year. It considers that this type of practical cooperation will help to promote dialogue and understanding between the parties and hopes that ways can be found to build upon it.

The EU attaches indeed great importance to peace and stability in the Taiwan strait, which are of utmost importance for the whole region and beyond. Within its One China Policy, the EU continues to take the view that the Taiwan question should be settled peacefully through cross strait negotiations. We welcome any efforts by both sides to lower tensions and to find a mutually acceptable basis for a resumption of peaceful dialogue. We would appeal on both sides to avoid unilateral measures which might heighten tensions.

The Acceding Countries Bulgaria and Romania, the Candidate Country Croatia*, the Countries of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidates Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro, and the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, align themselves with this declaration.

* Croatia continues to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process



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