Authorities announced that the agreement is being reviewed by the Legislature, respecting the separation of powers. President Ma, meanwhile, proposed a four-step mechanism for supervision and communication through Strait
The Taiwanese government recognized the concerns expressed by students and the general public in national issues, specifically the Exchange Agreement in Services (TISA) through the Taiwan Strait. It also called for the views to be expressed by rational, peaceful and democratic means. As noted, the government is willing to engage in a democratic and rational dialogue with those who hold different views; but said it "can not accept the decision of the chamber of the Legislative Yuan as a requirement for students to dialogue."
In a statement they emphasized that Taiwan is a democratic nation governed by the Rule of Law The Tisa is now under review by the Legislative Yuan. The different views among the ruling and opposition parties, as well as different sectors of society, must be resolved through the normal legislative procedures of the Legislative Yuan, to reach a consensus. The internal mechanism of the Legislative Yuan trading can lead to a peaceful end to the dispute, respecting the separation of powers.
President Ma has publicly expressed support for the institutionalization of a mechanism to monitor cross-strait agreements. Also appealed to members of the Legislative Yuan, the ruling and opposition parties, that I completed before the end of this present session of the Legislature.
In fact, the Kuomintang caucus in the Legislature on Feb. 19 proposed a four-step for monitoring and reporting across the Strait, and the Executive Yuan has also said it is willing to accept. The mechanism will be a standard operating procedure for public oversight of cross-strait agreements before they are sent to the Legislative Yuan.
It includes four steps:
1. During the formation of the subject, when the content of an agreement is taking shape;
2. Communication between relevant agencies during the negotiations;
3. The report to the Legislature on the main content before signing the agreement;
4. And after the signing, the disclosure of detailed information considered as sensitive in the earlier stages.
This monitoring mechanism covering internal communication among administrative agencies, the interaction between the executive and legislative branches, and explanations to the public. The Council for the Affairs of Continental China has already outlined concrete steps to institutionalize these procedures, which the public will be announced in early April.
In the future, cross-strait agreements that have not yet been signed, or have already been signed but not yet submitted to the Legislative Yuan for review, may be subject to a better monitoring process. However, with respect to agreements that have been signed and submitted to the Legislative Yuan for review, the process of legislative review and oversight above may proceed simultaneously without any problem.
traslation: Belén Zapata