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    Text of UN Resolution

H. CON. RES._____

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

August 2, 2001

Mr. Schaffer (for himself and Mr. Wexler, Bilirakis, Wynn, Sessions, Smith (NJ), Brown (OH), Souder, Sherman, Chabot, Doolittle, Crane and Mrs. Lowey) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations

Expressing the sense of the Congress regarding U.S. policy towards Taiwan’s membership in international organizations

Whereas Taiwan has dramatically improved its record on human rights and routinely holds free and fair elections in a multiparty system, as evidenced most recently by Taiwan's second democratic presidential election of March 18, 2000, in which Mr. Chen Shui-bian was elected as president;

Whereas the 23 million people on Taiwan are not represented in the United Nations and their human rights as citizens of the world are therefore severely abridged;

Whereas Taiwan has in recent years repeatedly expressed its strong desire to join the United Nations and other international organizations;

Whereas the world community has reacted positively to Taiwan's desire for international participation, as shown by Taiwan's membership in the Asian Development Bank, Taiwan's admission to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group as a full member, and Taiwan’s anticipated membership in the World Trade Organization;

Whereas Taiwan, as evidenced above, possesses ample resources and creativity to contribute to the work and funding of the UN and its affiliate organizations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, as well as benefit from these organizations;

Whereas Public Law 106-137 required the Secretary of State to submit a report to the Congress on administration efforts to support Taiwan's participation in international organizations; Now, therefore be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of the Congress that

(1) Taiwan and its 23 million people deserve full and equal membership in the United Nations and other international organizations;

(2) the United States should take a leading role in gaining international support for Taiwan’s participation in these organizations.

 

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