President Seeks U.N. Status
August 21 6:29 PM ET
Gambia (AP) - Taiwan's president ended a two-day visit to
the small West African country of Gambia on Monday, reiterating
his resolve to get Taiwan re-admitted to the United Nations.
is extremely unfair for a nation of 23 million people to
be denied the right to sovereign existence,'' said President
Chen Shui-bian, who is on his first trip abroad as president.
He thanked the Gambian government for backing a U.N. resolution
to have Taiwan re-admitted to the world body.
was a charter member of the United Nations, but gave up
its seat in 1971 after the U.N. accepted the Communist government
in Beijing as the sole legitimate ruler of China. Beijing
opposes Taiwan's entry to the United Nations and regards
it as a rebellious province.
the eighth year, some of Taiwan's diplomatic allies are
proposing that the United Nations consider Taiwan's plea
to rejoin. Taiwanese officials have said the United Nations
would make an ideal forum for helping to resolve differences
between their government and Beijing.
29 nations, mostly small developing countries, have diplomatic
ties with Taiwan. Six of them will be part of Chen's trip
through the Caribbean, Central America and Africa. He also
made a brief stop in the United States.
denied accusations that Taiwan uses financial assistance
to win support from poor African nations, while ignoring
their human rights record. ``We expect each state to live
up to expectations regarding respect for human rights, economic
development and the social needs of its people,'' he said.
government of Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has harassed
and arrested opponents, including journalists and politicians.
Jammeh seized power in July 1994 and was elected to office
two years later in voting that was widely questioned by
international observers and opposition groups.
left for nearby Burkina Faso after ending his Gambia visit.