The Legislature on Tuesday approved a bill to dissolve the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission. The body's different responsibilities are to be divided among the culture ministry, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) and the foreign ministry. The culture ministry is to set up a separate unit to be called the Mongolian and Tibetan culture center.
Ruling Democratic Progressive Party legislator Lee Chun-yi, a member of the committee for dissolving the commission, explained.
Lee said, "As things change with time, our concerns for issues regarding Mongolia and Tibet should have changed course much earlier. What we should do is protect the Mongolian and Tibetan community in Taiwan, and guarantee that Mongolian and Tibetan culture will continue to be respected in Taiwan. Here we ask to disband the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission. The remaining 46 members of the commission will be transferred to the culture ministry and the Mainland Affairs Council, so we can officially dissolve the commission. Let us respect the people of Mongolia and Tibet and their culture. This is what we should do."
Former President Ma Ying-jeou had called for merging the commission with the MAC in 2012. The proposal was not taken up until the most recent move, however.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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