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FAPA English Press Release

For immediate release                                                              February 27, 2003

TAIWAN CAUCUS URGES POWELL TO HAVE U.S. SPEAK OUT IN SUPPORT OF TAIWAN ON FLOOR OF MAY 2003 WHO SUMMIT IN GENEVA

In a February 24, 2003 letter to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, 64 members of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus suggest the State Department be bold enough "to fully support Taiwan's effort to obtain observer status at the WHA and state unequivocally before the delegates on the floor of the Assembly that we believe Taiwan's membership is both proper and just" at the May 2003 WHA meeting. 

The CTC notes disappointment with past State Department support for Taiwan on this issue, saying, "As you may recall, many Members of Congress were disappointed with the State Department's effort to assist Taiwan in its goal to obtain observer status at last years WHA in Geneva."

They add, "We have received every indication that if the United States would step forward in this regard, others -- starting with the Japanese delegation -- would be emboldened to publicly express their own support for the proposal."

In the letter, the Caucus chairs also call for a meeting with the State Department "as soon as possible to discuss the Administration's strategy to support Taiwan's effort to obtain observer status at the upcoming WHA."

"The clock is indeed ticking on the next World Health Assembly meeting, as the CTC members note," stated Wu Ming-chi, FAPA President.  "We at FAPA received the commitment from Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs that Japan would speak out in favor of Taiwan's meaningful participation WITHIN the WHO Assembly, but only if the U.S. were to do so first. U.S. assertiveness is extremely crucial now!" 

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