Representatives Issue Statements
UN Membership for Taiwan
September 5, Reps. Bob Schaffer (R-CO), Steve Chabot (R-OH)
and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) issued statements in support of
UN membership for Taiwan -statements that were read at the
September 5 UN rally in New York on the Dag Hammarskjold
Plaza in front of the UN building.
Schaffer states "Taiwan has made enormous strides toward
becoming a full democracy. Undeterred by China's threats,
the Taiwanese voters elected pro-independence party candidates,
ending more than half a century of Nationalist rule. The
election …. returns the government back to the people."
And "[…] last month I was pleased to introduce HCR390
to recognize the legitimacy of Taiwan's presence in the
international community. Taiwan, as a democratic nation
should be afforded the privilege of membership in the United
Chabot states: "As an original co-sponsor of HCR390,
I have urged President Clinton to fulfill America's commitment
to actively support Taiwan's membership in international
organizations, including the United Nations." And "I
am hopeful that before Congress adjourns this year, it will
take up this important resolution."
Brown states: "The people of Taiwan have proved freedom
and democracy are not just American ideals, they are universal
principles that apply to every individual, to every community,
and to every nation." And "The U.S. State Department's
1994 Taiwan Policy Review clearly stated it would more actively
support Taiwan's membership in international organizations,
when the U.S. government determines "it is clearly
appropriate." But the Clinton Administration is positioned
to influence international policy, it refuses to take the
lead and support Taiwanese participation."
President Wen-yen Chen states: "Now that this year's
United Nations session is about to start in New York, support
from Members of the U.S. Congress comes in a timely fashion.
Chances are that UN resolution HCR390 will go to the floor
of the House of Representatives soon. With every single
day that passes the situation of leaving Taiwan out of the
United Nations becomes more and more untenable."