past March, several Reps. introduced HR4004 stating that
"The Secretary of State shall initiate a United
States plan to endorse and obtain observer status for Taiwan
at the annual week-long summit of the World Health Assembly
in May 2000 in Geneva, Switzerland, and shall instruct the
United States delegation to Geneva to implement such plan."
15, at the summit in Geneva, the WHO steering committee
spent a mere 20 minutes to discuss the issue and decided
not to list the Taiwan issue on the agenda due to opposition
from seven member nations: China, Cuba, Pakistan, Uruguay,
Russia, Bangladesh and Cape Verde.
happenings in Geneva have emboldened the billís supporters
such as Reps. Sherrod Brown and Ben Gilman in their conviction
to pass the bill. Rep. Brown has approached Majority Whip
Tom DeLay who has expressed his support for the cause. With
some modifications, FAPA will continue to seek passage of
the bill in the House and Senate.