A SENIOR Taiwan negotiator has appealed for an early resumption of talks between the heads of the two quasi-official organisations on cross-strait affairs. In an interview with the South China Morning Post, Straits Exchange Foundation secretary-general Chiao Jen-ho also said that other high-level contacts and discussions were important to help resolve thorny issues across the strait. He said it was necessary to maintain regular meetings and contact between his semi-official organisation and its counterpart in China, the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits. 'We abide by the promises. There's no change on our side.' 'But the mainland unilaterally postponed the talks [between the chiefs Koo Chen-fu and Wang Daohan] and broke the agreement. 'This will affect not only the Koo-Wang summit, but also the implementation of other agreements made between the two sides,' Mr Chiao said. The planned second summit between foundation chairman Mr Koo and association head Mr Wang was held up in July after Beijing's anger over Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui's visit to the United States. 'At this stage, high-level talks do not mean negotiations on political issues or the question of unification. 'But through senior-level dialogues on policy matters, it will help build up mutual trust and reduce misunderstandings,' Mr Chiao said. He said he was not referring in particular to a meeting between Mr Lee and Chinese President Jiang Zemin, or between envoys from the business sector. 'What I mean is communication between influential people of the two sides - those who can influence the internal policies of the two governments,' he said. He was optimistic that dialogue would be resumed despite the mainland authorities saying that foundation officials above the level of deputy secretary-general were not welcome to China. He did not think it was wrong for Mr Lee to make overseas visits as Taiwan President or for the island to fight for international status to protect the interests of its people. 'But all our government actions should not be guided by the response of the Chinese communists. If we did that, future negotiations would become meaningless,' he said. He called on governments of both sides to study how to negotiate peacefully. 'I hope after this period both sides understand each other more and become wiser in tackling the question of peaceful unification,' Mr Chiao said.