TAIWANESE flags are unlikely to be flown in the territory this year to celebrate the island's National Day. Pro-Taiwan groups decided after a special meeting yesterday not to fly the flag publicly. But the Hong Kong and Kowloon Trades Union Council, which has held Double Tenth celebrations for almost 50 years, remained divided on whether the flag should be hoisted at the party venue. The council's chief secretary Lee Kwok-keung said some members preferred to stick to tradition. 'We have been organising Double Tenth celebrations since 1948, and what we do this year may have an impact on future practices, so some members would like to fly the flag as we did before. 'But some hope to further liaise with the SAR Government to make sure that it is perfectly OK to do so in the legal sense,' Mr Lee said. Mr Lee said subsidiary associations would now be consulted. 'All members might be called to a vote by the end of the month if a consensus cannot be reached,' he added. But he expected the Government's stand on the issue would become clearer as the day draws near. The group traditionally sets up a statue of Dr Sun Yat-sen and flies the Taiwanese flag along Nathan Road. They also sing the Taiwan anthem. Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa had said earlier that celebrations on October 10 must be on the basis of the one-China principle and in accordance with the law.