Nov 11, 2008, 5:47 AM
A leading member of the European Parliament said recently that the exclusion of
Conservative Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Tannock made the remarks at the 60th anniversary of the WHO and World Health Day to urge member states to welcome
Tannock was reported as saying that
The Republic of China was one of the founding members of the health organisation. However, the country was asked to leave the WHO in 1972 after relinquishing its UN seat in 1971.
Last year, the country applied to become a full WHO member, but the UN Secretariat Office rejected the application without the document ever being reviewed.
Chinese Ambassador to Geneva Li Baodong recently sent a letter to all WHO member states asking them to boycott all Taiwan-related issues that might arise during the WHA meeting next month.
Tannock said the West was guilty, as it was prepared to acquiesce to
"It is shameful that we are so ready to welcome Kosovo as an independent state, that we are up in arms over
As a medical doctor, Tannick said, he was deeply disappointed by "political pettiness" getting in the way of saving lives, as political boundaries are irrelevant when it comes to diseases.