Monday May 17, 1999, the World Health Organization (WHO)
rejected a proposal to discuss Taiwan's membership in the
organization, striking a new blow to Taiwan's efforts to
join international organizations.
the WHO Steering Committee meeting, Honduras and Burkina
Fasso, which maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan,
suggested that the Congress officially weigh the possibility
of Taiwan's role in the WHO.
due to Beijing's opposition, the proposal was turned down
by committee chairwoman Maria Martins of Portugal on the
grounds that there had to be consensus among the committee
members on the issue.
a general assembly meeting later during the day, Nicaragua
and Dominica, which also maintain diplomatic relations with
Taiwan, questioned the decision of the Steering Committee
not to list Taiwan's application on the agenda.
said that there should be no boundaries for world health
operations, and that the WHO should pay serious attention
to the desire of the 21.8 million people of Taiwan.
is the third year in a row that Taiwan's bid was rejected.