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 FAPA Press Release - U.S. Congress Urges WHO Chief on Taiwan's Participation in the WHO
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For immediate release                                                                                                                                                  

May 13, 2005                     

MEMBERS OF BOTH HOUSES OF U.S. CONGRESS URGE

W.H.O. CHIEF TO SUPPORT TAIWAN’s INCLUSION IN ORGANIZATION

In a letter dated May 13, the co-chairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus wrote to the Director General of the WHO, Dr. Lee Jong-wook, voicing their support for Taiwan’s participation in the organization. This is the second time this year that the co-chairs of the Taiwan Caucus address Director General Lee. The Taiwan Caucus co-signed a letter to the WHO in mid-February along with the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House International Relations Committee, in support of Taiwan’s WHO bid.

In today’s letter, the Caucus co-chairs urge the WHO “to support Taiwan’s admission as an observer to the Assembly, as well as its participation in the International Health Regulations (IHR).” They also use the example of the erroneous distribution of the H2N2 Influenza virus to illustrate the urgency and necessity to include Taiwan in the global health system. The co-chairs then write, “Taiwan has much to contribute to global health and deserves a place under the WHO umbrella.”

In addition to the letter from the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, Chairman of Senate Foreign Relations Committee Richard Lugar (R-IN) wrote to WHO Director General Lee on May 5th, expressing his support for Taiwan’s inclusion in the WHO.

FAPA President, Ming-chi Wu states: “Chinese leader Hu Jintao expressed China’s willingness to help Taiwan participate in the WHO when he received Lien Chan and James Soong recently. However, simultaneously, China was campaigning aggressively to prevent Taiwan’s WHO bid from advancing.”

Wu continues: “Furthermore, China's recent attempts to connive with the WHO to formalize that Beijing will represent the 23 million people of Taiwan in the organization must be stopped in its tracks. It is an outrageous and illegal plan."

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美參眾議員相繼致函世衛幹事長,支持台灣納入世衛體系

美國台灣連線四位共同主席們於今日聯署致函世衛幹事長李鐘郁,表達他們對於台灣能否在今年成功參與世衛的高度關切。這是台灣連線主席們今年第二次致函李鐘郁,台灣連線早於今年二月中曾與眾議院國際關係主席海德與民主黨資深議員藍托斯等人,就支持台灣參與世衛一事,聯署致函李鐘郁幹事長。 

台灣連線今天的這封信函裡,特地指出他們除了支持台灣成為世衛大會觀察員之外,也支持台灣參與國際衛生條例 (IHR) 。台灣連線並舉例日前有關H2N2病毒,所幸台灣的實驗室得到美方的通報,即時摧毀樣本,而未釀成任何偒害。這個例子點出了台灣不能繼續被排除在全球醫療體系之外。台灣連線最後表示,台灣能夠對全球衛生體制付出諸多貢獻,應該一起被納入這個世衛大傘之下。 

除了眾議院台灣連線今日的信函之外,參議院外交委員會主席魯嘉也於上週五月五日致函李鐘郁,表達對台灣的支持。 

FAPA會長吳明基表示:「中國領導人胡錦濤在近日接見連宋兩人時,一度表示支持台灣參與世界衛生組織;不過在此同時,據媒體報導,中國已經展開一連串的動作,阻撓台灣前進世衛。」吳明基接著表示:「到底中國是在開空頭支票,還是真的有意支持台灣納入世衛體系,就端看世衛大會召開時,中國的實際動作。如果中國屆時是在開口頭支票,玩弄兩面手法,這會是國際社會看清中國真面目的時刻

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