Far­glory-Taipei talks called off

Far­glory ar­biter un­ex­pect­edly re­signs with­out giv­ing rea­son

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHI- HAO JAMES LO

A sched­uled ar­bi­tra­tion be­tween the Taipei City Gov­ern­ment and the Taipei Dome’s con­struc­tion and man­age­ment con­sor­tium Far­glory Group (

) was can­celed yesterday af­ter the ap­pointed ar­bi­tra­tor for the com­pany re­signed with­out no­tice.

Due to the meet­ing be­ing the first sched­uled ar­bi­tra­tion be­tween both par­ties, the Tai­wan Con­struc­tion Ar­bi­tra­tion As­so­ci­a­tion ( ) was a cen­ter of media at­ten- tion yesterday.

As the process of ar­bi­tra­tion re­quires a third- party in­di­vid­ual to re­view ar­gu­ments and ev­i­dence to pro­vide a de­ci­sion that is legally bind­ing in court, the city gov­ern­ment and the con­sor­tium pre­vi­ously agreed to elect Na­tional Cen­tral Univer­sity ( ) Grad­u­ate In­sti­tute of Con­struc­tion En­gi­neer­ing and Man­age­ment Pro­fes­sor Jerry Yao ( ) to the po­si­tion.

Prior to the meet­ing, the city gov­ern­ment’s ap­pointed ar­bi­tra­tor Shen Hs­ing-lin ( ), an ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cial from the city’s Depart­ment of Le­gal Af­fairs, com­plained to lo­cal press that the ar­bi­tra­tion was out of le­gal process, since it was ap­plied solely by the de­ci­sion of Far­glory.

Shen also said the city was sur­prised by the sud­den ar­bi­tra­tion no­tice, and re­mains firm in not rec­og­niz­ing the le­git­i­macy of the process when ap­plied to the Taipei Dome case.

Taipei Depart­ment of Sports Deputy Com­mis­sioner Ting Juot­ing ( ) like­wise stated that the city gov­ern­ment does not agree with re­solv­ing the case with ar­bi­tra­tion at this stage.

Both par­ties should be abid­ing by the con­tract to meet pri­vately, and should only re­sort to the process af­ter ne­go­ti­a­tions come to no avail.

Far­glory En­voy’s Res­ig­na­tion

a Sur­prise to All

At around 9:40 a.m. Yao came for­ward to an­nounce the can­cel­la­tion of the ar­bi­tra­tion due to the sud­den res­ig­na­tion of Far­glory’s des­ig­nated ar­bi­tra­tor Shih Yi-fang ( ).

In re­sponse to the sud­den can­cel­la­tion, Yao said that he was shocked at the res­ig­na­tion of his Far­glory coun­ter­part.

Far­glory Group spokesman Yang Shun- chin ( ) also said that he was only told of the news when he showed up with the com­pany’s lawyer for the ar­bi­tra­tion early yesterday.

Yang said nei­ther he nor the con­sor­tium is aware of the rea­son be­hind the sud­den res­ig­na­tion, and that Shih was not reach­able.

How­ever, Yang said Far­glory will re­spect Shih’s de­ci­sion.

CNA

Yao Nai-jia ( ), the lead ar­bi­tra­tor on the pro­posal by the Far­glory Group to ex­tend the con­struc­tion pe­riod for the Taipei Arena, talks to the press in Taipei, yesterday. Yao said the ar­bi­tra­tion meet­ing on the dis­pute be­tween Far­glory and the Taipei City Gov­ern­ment slated to be held at the Tai­wan Con­struc­tion Ar­bi­tra­tion As­so­ci­a­tion was can­celed be­cause Shih Yi-fang (

), the ar­bi­tra­tor cho­sen by Far­glory, sud­denly re­signed.

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