On June 25, Sen. Robert Torricelli (D-NJ) introduced a resolution in the Senate (SCR123) expressing the sense of Congress that:
1. The future of Taiwan should be resolved peacefully, through a democratic mechanism such as plebiscite and with the express consent of the people of Taiwan; and
2. The future of Taiwan must be decided by the people of Taiwan without outside threats, intimidation, or interference.
The universally accepted principle of self-determination is enshrined in Article 1 of the United Nations Charter and the United States is a signatory of the United Nations Charter.
President Clinton stated on February 24, 2000: We will...continue to make absolutely clear that the issues between Beijing and Taiwan must be resolved peacefully and with the assent of the people of Taiwan. Two weeks later, on March 8, President Clinton repeated the statement.
On March 16, 2001, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage added in a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing that what has changed is that any eventual agreement that is arrived at has to be acceptable to the majority of the people on Taiwan.
Given these incidences, it is clear that the movement for a peaceful resolution of cross-Taiwan Strait relations with the express consent of the 23 million people of Taiwan is growing stronger by the minute. Please co-sponsor this important resolution by calling Elijah Henley at Senator Torricelli's office at 4-3224.
Thank you for your support of Taiwan. We will continue to be in touch with you on Taiwan policy issues.
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