Dec 23, 2009, 12:38 PM
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan have recently welcomed the responses the US and EU made after Taiwan's latest UN bid and said the public could expect more countries to follow suit by expressing their support in different ways.In a statement posted on the official Web site of the US Permanent Mission to the UN in New York, the US reiterated its long-standing support for Taiwan's "meaningful participation" in UN agencies such as the WHO, saying "Taiwan's inclusion would enable the international community to better address pressing global issues."
Reports monitored by the point states that, In line with the US' "one China" policy, the statement said: "The US supports Taiwan's membership in international organizations where statehood is not a prerequisite, including in the World Trade Organization and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.
"When membership is not possible, we are strongly in favor of arrangements that will allow the people of
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrew Hsia welcomed the
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Meanwhile, the EU last night made a similar statement in support of
The statement, issued by the Presidency of the EU Council, which is presided over by France at the moment, acknowledged Taiwan's bid and said the EU "reiterates its support to Taiwan's participation in specialized multilateral fora, especially where Taiwan's participation is important to the EU and global interests, and it encourages both sides [Taiwan and China] to resolve this issue through dialog.
"The EU especially hopes that concrete steps could be taken, through dialog between both sides [