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Taiwan’s call is genuine!

Sep 19, 2011, 2:51 PM

The called made by the Republic of China on Taiwan on her allies, including The Gambia, to help advocate for a more space for them in the international arena is genuine.

We call on the United Nations 66th General Assembly currently meeting in New York to give our brotherly nation of Taiwan more chance to fully participate meaningfully in international development work.

 At this event, Taiwan will continue to vie for participation in UN specialized agencies and mechanisms.

We, therefore, call on the Gambian delegation at the UN led by the Vice President Dr Isatou Njie Saidy to continue pushing for the cause of Taiwan.

To us, it is a just cause that required collective lobbying for all.

We also call on other countries to support Taiwan’s bids and consider the plight of the 23million people of the sovereign people of Taiwan.

Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the UN system, especially as observers in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are essential, and good for the world.

Since being invited to the World Health Assembly as an observer, in 2009, Taiwan has put priority on the aforementioned two specialized agencies/mechanisms.

 In its demands for inclusion, Taiwan will maintain rational and pragmatic approaches to gradually broaden its international participation.

We urge, once more, the UN’s 193 member states gathering in New York discussing various issues of global concern to consider the just call from Taiwan. Taiwan needs no double standards from the international community, but just fair play.

Taiwan, as a key player in the world economy and a vanguard in the global high-tech industry, desires to make even greater contributions to the international community.

We hope that all countries will accept Taiwan’s participation in the United Nations system following the “WHA model”.

This arrangement allows Taiwan to attend the WHA as an observer, and sets an instrumental precedent for Taiwan’s engagement in UN specialized agencies and mechanisms.

Participation in the UN System has been a common aspiration of the people of Taiwan and, therefore, an objective of its government.

We see no reason why they should be denied such an opportunity.