By: Joseph Yeh
Taipei, May 31 (CNA) A recently signed U.S.-Taiwan agreement on international parental
child abduction is a great first step toward further cooperation between the two democracies to better protect children involved in cross-border abduction, a visiting U.S. official said Friday.
Suzanne Lawrence, the U.S. Department of State special adviser for children’s issues, told CNA that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed last month helps the authorities on both sides to establish direct lines of contact to jointly address the issue.
“One of the great benefits of signing this kind of agreement is that you’re basically committing to having lines of communication, and you know where to go when a problem comes up,” she said, adding that this is “a great first step.”
Lawrence was referring to the MOU on Cooperation on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA) signed April 12 by representatives from both countries in Washington, D.C. [FULL STORY]