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Cross-Strait peace pact will benefit both sides but more efforts are needed: mainland

BEIJING, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- A peace pact across the Taiwan Strait will benefit both sides, but more efforts should be made to create a proper environment for reaching it, a mainland spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

A peace pact will eventually end hostilities across the strait and meet the expectations of people on both sides, said Fan Liqing, a spokeswoman from the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, at a regular press conference.

The two sides will focus on negotiations based on the 1992 Consensus and talk about economic issues before touching more difficult political ones, she said.

Negotiators did not talk about the peace pact at the seventh round of cross-Strait talks, which ended last month, Fan said.

Fan denied a claim raised by Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) that the mainland has attempted to interfere with the election of Taiwan's regional leader.

"Our stance is not to interfere with any elections in Taiwan," she said.