May 12, 2003
HOUSE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COMMITTEE CHAIR ACCUSES
WHO OF "NARROW POLITICAL MOTIVES"
In a letter to the Formosan Association for Public
Affairs (FAPA) congratulating Taiwanese Americans with their
annual celebration of the Taiwanese American Heritage week,
House International Relations Committee chairman Henry Hyde
accuses the World Health Organization (WHO) of locking
Taiwan out of the organization "due to narrow political
The chairman writes: "Taiwan, although, in close
proximity to the epicenter of the SARS outbreak in southern
China, remains locked out of WHO participation due to narrow
political motives. This shortsighted attitude imperils not
only the health of Taiwan's 23 million people, but also
denies full regional coordination on a continuing basis in
fighting an epidemic which could potentially threaten us
all. [...] The still unfolding SARS crisis only underscores
the need for WHO observer status for Taiwan."
FAPA President Ming-chi Wu, Ph.D., states: "It is a
sad irony that people in Taiwan have to die before the world
will listen. I refuse to accept the notion that the
international community will let politics prevail over human
suffering. Taiwan needs to be included in the WHO summit in
Geneva next week."