Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Immediate Release: Thursday, October 4, 2000
Leads House Passage of Measure Supporting
Participation in the United Nations
Washington, DC -- U.S. Congressman Sherrod Brown (D-OH),
a senior member of the International Relations Committee,
yesterday led the passage of a House measure reinforcing
Congress' commitment to support Taiwan's participation in
the United Nations.
"Taiwan's growing regional and global significance
demands a more active and thoughtful U.S. policy. Taiwan's
40 year journey toward democracy is a 20th century success
story. Taiwan has evolved into a healthy, prosperous nation
governed by the rule of law. This resolution represents
the first step in fulfilling our commitment to the 1994
Taiwan Policy Review. Taiwan has earned a seat in the United
Nations," Brown said.
The resolution, cosponsored by Brown, recognizes that Taiwan's
23 million people deserve appropriate participation in the
United Nations and other international organizations. The
resolution recognizes Taiwan's evolution to democracy and
the right to international participation.
"Taiwan's commitment to democracy is clear. It is imperative
the United States make an affirmative statement on behalf
of our support for democracy in Taiwan and its right to
join the international community. Today, we are doing just
that -- by giving China clear notice that Congress and the
American people still honor the Taiwan Relations Act,"
Brown last year led House passage of a resolution supporting
Taiwan's effort to participate in the World Health Organization
(WHO) and calling on the Clinton administration to back
Taiwan's participation in the international health organization.
Brown, who is one of Congress's staunchest supporters of
global democracy, is a member of the House International
Relations Committee and is the ranking member of the Commerce
Subcommittee on Health and Environment.