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    Petition Letter for United Nations Campaign

The Hon. [insert first - and last name of Representative]

(ATTN: Foreign Affairs Aide)

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515

Dear Representative [insert last name of Representative]:

On August 2, Rep. Bob Schaffer (R-CO) and other Representatives introduced bi-partisan resolution H. Res. 221 concluding that (1) Taiwan and its 23 million people deserve full and equal membership in the UN and other international organizations; (2) the U.S. should take a leading role in gaining international support for Taiwan’s participation in these organizations.

The introduction of this resolution is timely, because on September 11, 2001, the 56th session of the United Nations will convene and a proposal to support Taiwan's membership will be placed before the General Affairs Committee.

On August 9, Taiwan launched its annual campaign to join the UN with ten of its allies asking the world body to set up a working group to examine Taiwan’s case. China immediately torpedoed the request stating that "This openly tramples on the purposes and principles of the UN charter."

We disagree. The United Nations is about inclusion, not about exclusion. Article 1 of the UN Charter states that the purposes and principles of the United Nations are: "To develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, and to take other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peace;" and "to achieve international cooperation in solving international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character...."

Now is the time for the United States and the rest of the world to take up the issue of Taiwan's UN membership. Taiwan's contributions are needed to build the world of justice and peace that is the United Nations’ goal.

Passing this resolution will constitute an important step in the right direction.

Please contact Oleh Chernyk at 225-4676 to list your Member as a co-sponsor of H.Res.221.

Sincerely yours,

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