immediate release September 28, 2001
on the Senate's A list
Senators, including Majority Leader Tom Daschle(D-SD), listed
Taiwan as one of the key governments to be exempted from
their proposed Defense Department Authorization Bill amendment
that would prohibit US military assistance to parties of
the International Criminal Court.
Pete Domenici (R-NM), Wayne Allard (R-CO), Jeff Bingaman
(D-NM) and Harry Reid (D-NV) joined Daschle in submitting
Senate Amendment 1672 and Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) submitted
a parallel amendment, SA 1691.
amendments state that no U.S. "military assistance
may be provided to the government of a country that is party
to the International Criminal Court," allowing for
a national interest waiver by the President, an Article
98 waiver by which a country has "entered in an agreement
with the United States…preventing the International Criminal
Court from proceeding against United States personnel present
in such country," and also listing governments exempted
from the prohibition.
governments exempted include:
NATO member country;
major non-NATO ally (including Australia, Egypt, Israel,
Japan, Jordan, Argentina, the Republic of Korea, and
New Zealand); or
just shows what a good friend the Senate feels Taiwan is,"
said one Administration official.
has been, and continues to be, one of the U.S. firmest allies,"
stated Ming-chi Wu, FAPA's Acting President. "This
amendment is a strong signal of support for Taiwan as the
US ramps up its battle against terrorism and also shows
how, diplomatic niceties to the contrary, the U.S. considers
Taiwan a country along with its other allies. At this moment
of national crisis, Taiwan stands shoulder-to-shoulder with
the US and the Senate amendment shows that the reality is
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