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-For immediate release-

August 3, 2001

"U.S. Should Take Leading Role to Bring Taiwan into the United Nations," House Legislation claims

On August 2, a bipartisan group of House Members led by Rep. Bob Schaffer (R-CO) (with Reps. Michael Bilirakis (R-FL), Albert Wynn (D-MD), Pete Sessions (R-TX ), Bob Wexler (D-FL), Nita Lowey (D-NY), Chris Smith (R-NJ) Steve Chabot (R-OH), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Mark Souder (R-IN), John Doolitle (R-CA), Brad Sherman (D-CA) and Phil Crane (R-IL) called on the Bush Administration to "take a leading role in gaining international support for Taiwan's participation" in the United Nations and other international organizations, stating that Taiwan deserves "full and equal membership" in these bodies.

Rep. Bob Schaffer (R-CO) drafted the concurrent resolution that notes Taiwan's dramatic improvement in human rights and its strong democratic development.

The resolution also notes that Public Law 106-137 "required the Secretary of State to submit a report to the Congress on the administration’s efforts to support Taiwan's participation in international organizations, in particular the World Health Organization."

"Taiwan's full and equal membership in the United Nations and other international organizations is long overdue," states Ming-chi Wu, President of the Formosan Association for Public Affairs. "The rationale of the world community in 1971 was that they were righting one wrong in giving China a seat in the United Nations. Now it is time to right the wrong created at that time, namely the U.N. disenfranchisement of Taiwan’s citizens."


Mandarin Press Release

Text of the Resolution

Rep. Schaffer's Press Release

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