SPEECH OF HON. THADDEUS G.
McCOTTER OF MICHIGAN
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2007
September 14, 2007
Madame Speaker, today I rise to acknowledge and support Taiwan's efforts to gain
membership in the United Nations (UN). Communist China's persistent and
pervasive intimidation has spurred the UN's refusal to grant Taiwan membership
and meaningful participation in the international organization; thus,
notwithstanding Taiwan's democratic government, market economy, inherent
sovereignty, and respect of human rights, Taiwan is the only democracy in the
world banned from UN membership.
To rectify this abject inequity, on July 19, 2007, Taiwan's
democratically-elected President Chen Shui-bian appealed to UN Secretary General
Ban Ki-Moon accept the nation's application for UN membership. Instead of
forwarding the application to the UN Security Council, Mr. Ban unilaterally
dismissed Taiwan's application; consequently, Mr. Ban cavalierly violated UN
Security Council Rule 59. In explaining Mr. Ban's violation, the UN Secretary
General's office alleged the application was rejected because Taiwan is an
integral part of communist China. In making this factually unfounded
determination, Mr. Ban subverted the authority of the UN Security Council and
diminished the little credibility the UN retains. Further, as the UN Secretary
General is acting as a dupe for communist China, the UN will rightly and
ultimately be viewed as a wholly owned subsidiary of communist China.
If, in addition to its innumerable instances of corruption and incompetence, the
UN continues such arbitrary and capricious actions in relation to the sovereign
democracy of Taiwan, this international organization will one day mirror the
League of Nations - of which, if I may point out, no country remains a member.
Madame Speaker, I strongly regret Mr. Ban's unilateral rejection of Taiwan's
sovereignty and application to join the UN. As the United States is the Leader
of the Free World we must continue to support Taiwan's efforts to gain
membership in the UN.