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Senate Passes "UN For Taiwan" Resolution

FAPA President: "UN Membership for Taiwan Imperative to Taiwan's National Survival"

For Immediate Release

October 20, 2000

After the House passed H.C.R.390 on October 3, the Senate unanimously passed the concurrent resolution by voice vote on October 19. H.C.R.390 supports Taiwan's participation in international organizations, such as the United Nations and the World Health Organization. The legislation also reiterates that the United States should fulfill its commitment in the 1994 Taiwan Policy Review, supporting more actively Taiwan's participation in appropriate international organizations.

Three days after the Chinese State Council released the provocative Defense White Paper, in which China refuses to renounce the use of force against Taiwan, the passage of the resolution is perfect timing. It is the best counterweight to China's vocal threats and bullying. And it's the strongest support and comfort to the people of Taiwan while they fight for their right to be recognized as an independent sovereign country.

The U.S. Congress has introduced and passed similar resolutions since 1993.

Rep. Bob Schaffer (R-CO), who introduced the resolution on July 23 with 40 co-sponsors, commented on the passage of this resolution in the Senate that "this is a victory for the people of Taiwan." Both the House and Senate have shown strong support for Taiwan's inclusion in the international community. The passage of the legislation reinforces U.S. commitment to Taiwan. He added that, "Congressional support for Taiwan is solid. Taiwan has made enormous strides toward becoming a full democracy, and it is unreasonable for the people of Taiwan to be excluded from full participation in international institutions due to threats from mainland China."

FAPA hopes that with the strong support of Congress, the Administration will help end Taiwan’s isolation. Taiwan’s government has prioritized the memberships of international organizations in its foreign affairs campaign for the past several years. Without membership in major international institutions, the people of Taiwan can not contribute to the international community, neither will they be able to enjoy the basic right of being citizens of the world.

FAPA President Wen-yen Chen says, "The fact that both the House and the Senate passed UN resolution might be a small step for the U.S. Congress, but it is a major step in the strive of the 23 million people of Taiwan for full membership in international organizations, such as the United Nations and the World Health Organization. The world should not forget that UN membership for Taiwan is not some lofty dream, but it is imperative to Taiwan's national survival. Taiwan’s access to the UN Security Council, when China again starts to rattle its sabers, is not a luxury; it is a universal right! The rest of the world has that right, therefore Taiwan should have that right too."

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