HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY PASSES
FOR TAIWAN" RESOLUTION
a total of 87 co-sponsors, the U.S. House of Representatives
unanimously passed HCR390 today concluding that "it
is the sense of the Congress that— (1) Taiwan and its 23,000,000
people deserve appropriate meaningful participation in the
United Nations and other international organizations such
as the World Health Organization; and (2) the United States
should fulfill the commitment it made in the 1994 Taiwan
Policy Review to more actively support Taiwan’s participation
in appropriate international organizations."
resolution was introduced on July 27 by a bi-partisan group
of over 40 Members of the House of Representatives.
Bob Schaffer (R-CO) has stated: "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 Nations."
to FAPA President Wen-yen Chen: "Since FAPA started
its "UN for Taiwan" campaign on September 26,
1992, FAPA has always insisted that Taiwan should 1. - be
a member of the U.N. under the name of "Taiwan"
and 2. join the UN as a NEW member. FAPA does not
want to see a reinstatement of old ROC membership even though
the ROC was the first signatory of the UN charter when the
UN was founded in June 1945."
concludes: "It is ironic to note that U.S. Ambassador
to the UN Richard Holbrooke complains, as reported by the
Washington Times this morning, about the fact that United
States membership dues to the UN are too large, stating
that "the U.N. must leave behind the unhealthy practice
of placing excessive reliance on a single contributor."
All this while Taiwan is waiting in the wings to join the
UN and contribute its fair share and membership dues to
the organization....." "With every single day
that passes the situation of leaving Taiwan out of the United
Nations becomes more and more untenable."
continues: "Passing this resolution will send a strong
message to the international community that the 23 million
people of Taiwan are eager to fully join the family of nations.
Of course, Taiwan deserves and should ultimately have full
U.N. membership as an independent country. But seeing this
resolution passed, is, nonetheless, a big leap forward."