May 2, 2002
TAIWAN CAUCUS CHAIRS URGE OUTGOING WHO CHIEF BRUNDTLAND
TO SUPPORT TAIWAN IN GENEVA NEXT WEEK
a May 4, 2002 letter to WHO Director General Gro Harlem
Brundtland, Congressional Taiwan Caucus co-chairs Reps. Robert
Wexler, Steve Chabot, Sherrod Brown and Dana Rohrabacher urged
the Director General "to speak out in favor of Taiwan's
observer status in the WHO on the floor of the assembly this
co-chairs write: "We realize that your term as Director
General of the WHO will end after the Geneva summit. We know
that Taiwanese around the world, and my Taiwanese American
constituents will be very grateful if you were to speak out in
favor of Taiwan's observer status in the WHO on the floor of
the assembly this coming May."
the letter, the co-chairs laud the accomplishments of Taiwan
in the battle against SARS: "Taiwan has donated NT$200
million (US$5.75 million) to finance a cross-border research
project on SARS to cooperate with the mainland and Hong Kong
-- the two hardest-hit areas by the SARS epidemic -- in
combating the deadly disease.
President Ming-chi Wu, Ph.D., states: "With the WHO
summit coming up this month, the letter is very timely. Now
that Director General Brundtland is on her way out, she would
show great courage if she would express support for Taiwan's
observer status in the WHO when she pulls the door behind her.
With the current SARS crisis, Taiwan's lack of membership in
the WHO is an outrage."
continues: "It is clear that Taiwan takes the high road
in this battle against SARS. With it donation of millions of
dollars to SARS research to cooperate with the PRC and Hong
Kong, it clearly demonstrates that it puts human lives above
politics. We urge the PRC to do the same, and support Taiwan's
observer status in the WHO."