Congress of the United States
House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
September 14, 2004
552 7th Street S. E.
Washington DC, 20003
Thank you to all who gather here in support of
United Nations membership for Taiwan.
For the 33nd consecutive year, the U.N. convenes its
annual General Assembly without the membership of Taiwan, and once again its 23
million citizens will be denied a voice in important global matters. Although
Taiwan has long played a role in world affairs, with a GNP and population larger
than three quarters of U.N. member countries, it has repeatedly been denied
Already, Taiwan is an active participant in
international organizations as demonstrated by its participation in the Asian
Development Bank, its admission as a full member to the Asia-Pacific Economic
Cooperation (APEC) group, and its membership in the World Trade Organization
By large margins, both Houses of the United States
Congress have endorsed Taiwan's participation in the United Nations. Taiwan, a
country seeking peace and stability in its region, deserves the right to
membership in the United Nations.