September 9, 2005
552 7th Street S.E.
Washington DC 20003
Greetings to all who have gathered here today in
support of United Nations membership for Taiwan.
As the United Nations General Assembly convenes for
its 60th session next week, I want to remind the international community that
Taiwan is a free and open democratic country and a leading trading partner of
the United States. However, despite this status, Taiwan continues to be denied
membership to the United Nations - the most important diplomatic, political, and
cultural world body.
Taiwan is not only a thriving democracy and has a
prosperous economy, its 23 million people make it larger than three quarters of
the existing member states of the UN. It is hard to conceive of any good reason
to continue denying Taiwan admission to this vitally important and influential
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
The people of Taiwan have demonstrated that they are
responsible citizens of the world. They deserve a voice and a seat at the UN!
Member of Congress