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For Immediate Release                                                                                                                          September 13, 2005

U.S. REPRESENTATIVES ISSUE STATEMENTS OF SUPPORT

FORTAIWAN'S INCLUSION INTO THE UNITED NATIONS DURING HU VISIT

When Chinese leader Hu Jintao attended the opening of the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly in New York today, he was met with a rally held in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza by Taiwanese Americans advocating for Taiwan’s UN membership.

In the rally, the Taiwanese Americans read statements from several Members of Congress in support of inclusion of Taiwan in the United Nations. They are House Assistant Majority Whip Sue Kelly (R-NY), Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY), Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO). 

Rep. Weiner states, “ I am proud to be a member of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, and believe there is no question that the United States must stand strong and advocate for Taiwan's independence from China and inclusion as a United Nations member state. The policy of exclusion must stop now.”

Rep. Towns writes, “Taiwan is not only a free, open and independent democracy, it is a good neighbor and friend to countries in need around the world. Time and time again Taiwan heeds the call of the UN and others for emergency assistance to countries beset by the devastation of natural disaster or war. The people of Taiwan have demonstrated that they are responsible citizens of the world. They deserve a voice and a seat at the UN!”

Rep. Tancredo states: “ Taiwan’s generosity and humanitarian efforts have included aide for refugees in Kosovo…..New York City in the wake of September 11 and Hurricane Katrina last month….I am hopeful that the UN delegates will resist the relentless and irrational pressure of the communist regime in Beijing and accord the people of Taiwan their rightful representation in this important world body.”

Rep. Kelly writes, “The Taiwanese people have shown themselves to possess both the resources and a unique creativity to contribute to the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, and other affiliate organizations… We must persist and progress our opposition to this [China’s] egregious and unnecessary oversight until Taiwan is finally and fully accepted into the international community.”

Rep. Brown says, “Taiwan, a country seeking peace and stability in its region, deserves the right to membership in the United Nations.”

FAPA President Ming-chi Wu, Ph.D. says: “It is unjust, unfair and unreasonable that Taiwan, given its democratic achievements and generous contributions to the international community, continues to be rejected by the United Nations. The United Nations’ behavior is tantamount to being an accomplice of the Chinese in choking Taiwan’s international space. The United Nations should not AGAIN turn a blind eye to Taiwan's repeated appeals to join the organization.”

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胡錦濤訪問聯合國期間,

美國國會議員發表聲明支持台灣參與聯合國

數位美國眾議員特於聯合國召開第六十屆大會之際,發表聲明支持台灣參加聯合國。由於適逢中國領導人胡錦造訪聯合國,今日(13)在紐約Dag Hammarskjold廣場前舉行造勢活動的台美社團,特地在活動會場宣讀國會議員聲明,向胡錦濤嗆聲。這幾位眾議員分別為維納爾(Anthony Weiner, D-NY) 眾議院多數黨副黨鞭凱琍 (Sue Kelly, R-NY) 布朗(Sherrod Brown, D-OH),湯斯(Edolphus Towns, D-NY)以及唐克多(Tom Tancredo, R-CO)

 維納爾議員表示:「我很驕傲身為台灣連線的一員,我並且深信不疑美國必須站穩立場,支持台灣獨立於中國之外,以及台灣成為聯合國的會員國。」

湯斯議員表示:「台灣不僅是一個自由、開放、獨立的民主,也是一個好鄰居以及世界上需要幫助的國家的好朋友。台灣一次又一之地重視聯合國等等的呼應,對受到天然災害或是戰禍影響的國家提供緊急援助。台灣人民已經展現出他們是一群負責任的世界公民。他們有權利在聯合國發聲以及獲得席位。」

唐克多議員則在其聲明中提及台灣近日對卡崔娜颶風的協助,他表示:「台灣的慷慨解囊以及人道救助包括援助科索沃難民….紐約九一一恐怖攻擊事件,以及上個月的卡崔娜颶風。我相信聯合國的代表們將會抵抗北京共產政權無理的壓力,給予台灣人民在這個重要的全球體系中他們正當的代表權。

凱俐議員表示:「台灣人民展現出他們不僅擁有資源,也擁有獨特的創意來貢獻給聯合國,國際貨幣基金會以及其他相關組織。我們必須繼續堅持與進一步反對這個不講理而且明顯的疏失,直到台灣完完全全受到國際社會的接納。           

布朗議員表示:「台灣這個在其區域內追求和平與穩定的國家,應該獲得聯合國會員籍。」 

FAPA會長吳明基表示:「有鑑於台灣的民主成就以及對國際社會的貢獻,台灣持續被排除在聯合國大門之外既不公正,不公平,也不合理。聯合國的舉動就彷彿他們是與中國一起扼殺台灣國際空間的共犯。我們呼籲聯合國不應該再對台灣爭取參與聯合國的訴求睜一隻眼,閉一隻眼,視而不見。」

 

 
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