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Taiwan residents veto 'UN membership referendum'
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Taiwan residents on Saturday vetoed "UN membership referendum" pursued by Chen Shui-bian authorities, according to results of the votes count on Saturday.

Only 35.8 percent in Taiwan cast their ballots on Saturday for the "UN membership referendum" under the name "Taiwan", proposed by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

The result showed clearly the Taiwan residents' dissatisfaction with Chen, said Wang Hsiao-Po, a professor with Taiwan University.

Voting on the proposed "referendum" was held simultaneously with the leadership poll.

Su Chia-hung, a political expert from Kaohsiung, said the failure of the "referendum" proved that the people's will should never be overlooked.

It was the common aspiration of the compatriots from across the Taiwan Straits to maintain peace and stability, he said.

Chen's "UN membership referendum" has met opposition and condemnation from both within the Taiwan island and the international community ever since it was proposed.

More than 100 countries and regions including the United States, the European Union and Russia previously had all voiced their opposition to the proposal and reiterated their adherence to the One China policy.

(Xinhua News Agency, March 23, 2008)

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