Kicks off Taiwan in United Nations Campaign
Broadly Supported House Resolution
Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) has launched
its campaign in the House of Representatives to garner support
for Taiwan's participation in the United Nations. Today
a bi-partisan group of over 40 House Members introduced
a resolution (H. Con. Res. 390) calling on the Clinton Administration
to "fulfill the commitment it made in the 1994 Taiwan
Policy Review to more actively support Taiwan's membership
in appropriate international organizations."
the full maturation of Taiwan's democracy with the peaceful
transition of power that took place this year, Representatives
decried the fact that the people in Taiwan "are not
represented in the United Nations and their human rights
as citizens of the world are therefore severely abridged."
Hence the resolution declares, "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."
has much to contribute to the work and funding of the U.N.,
the Members indicated, and also could use access to important
international resources provided by organizations like the
WHO. Taiwan’s present international participation, such
as in the Asian Development Bank and APEC, has been well-received
by the world community.
the resolution notes that the Clinton Administration has
not done enough to implement the promises it made in the
1994 Taiwan Policy Review. The Review states that the U.S.
"will more actively support Taiwan’s membership in
international organizations accepting non-states as members,
and look for ways to have Taiwan’s voice heard in organizations
of states where Taiwan’s membership is not possible."
the past years, FAPA's campaign for Taiwan’s membership
in the U.N. has been markedly different from past attempts
by Taiwan’s previous Kuomintang (KMT) Nationalist government
in the following three fields:
has always insisted that Taiwan should be a member of the
U.N. under the name of "Taiwan," and not under
the name "Republic of China."
does not support overturning UN Resolution 2758. In 1971,
the U.N. passed Resolution 2758 bringing the People's Republic
of China into the UN and expelling the "representatives
of Chiang Kai-shek" from the organization. Overturning
Resolution 2758, as past KMT efforts have sought to do,
would theoretically expel the PRC from the U.N.
has always pushed for new membership for Taiwan rather
than a reinstatement of old ROC membership (the ROC was
the first signatory of the UN charter when the UN was founded
in June 1945).
at FAPA hope that the resolution goes to the floor of the
House in the first half of September, which would coincide
with the annual opening of the U.N. General Assembly. This
will send a strong message to the international community
that the 23 million people of Taiwan are more than ready,
willing and able to fully participate in the family of nations.
Of course Taiwan deserves and should ultimately have full
U.N. membership. This resolution is, nonetheless, a significant
step forward," stated FAPA President Wen-yen Chen.
more information, contact FAPA at (202) 547-3686.