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United States Senate

Washington DC 20510

March 14, 2001

 

The Honorable George W. Bush

The President

The White House

Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

We are writing with regard to the upcoming World Health Assembly meeting in Geneva this May, and specifically, your Administration’s policy toward Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Organization (WHO). We believe that this is an area where a review of past policy deserves consideration.

As you are aware, over the past several years Congress has overwhelmingly passed numerous pieces of legislation supporting Taiwan’s meaningful participation in the WHO and her membership in international organizations that accept non-states as members. While we fully recognize and understand the importance of sovereignty and statehood concerns as they relate to participation in international organizations, we believe that such concerns should not be used to deny the 23 million people of Taiwan access to the highest possible international health standards and practices.

We urge you, therefore, to take the appropriate steps to support Taiwan’s participation in the WHO as an observer during the next World Health Assembly meeting. The primary objective of the WHO, after all, is "the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health." It is our concern that until the United States is willing to stand up and take the lead on this important issue, "all peoples," at least as the WHO defines it, will continue to exclude the people of Taiwan. Only through the United States’ leadership can we ensure that no people are left behind in the pursuit of the highest standards of health because of the political limitations of international organizations of which the United States is a party.

Sincerely,

Frank Murkowski (R-AK)-- Initiated 

Tom Daschle (D-SD)                          Trent Lott (R-MS)

Herb Kohl (D-WI)                              Rick Santorum (R-PA) 

Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)                     Conrad Burns (R-MT) 

Robert Torricelli (D-NJ)                     James Inhofe (R-OK)

Max Baucus (D-MT)                         Robert Smith (R-NH) 

Tim Johnson (D-SD)                          Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) 

Russ Feingold (D-WI)                        Craig Thomas (R-WY)

Max Cleland (D-GA)                         John Kyl (R-AZ) 

Joe Biden (D-DE)                             Tim Hutchinson (R-AR) 

John Breaux (D-LA)                          Mike DeWine (R-OH)

Richard Durbin (D-IL)                       Chuck Hagel (R-NE)

 John Edwards (D-NC)                      Susan Collins (R-ME) 

Mary Landrieu (D-LA)                       Jesse Helms (R-NC)

                                                          Wayne Allard (R-CO) 

                                                          John Warner (R-VA)

                                                          Jeff Sessions (R-AL)

                                                          Charles Grassley (R-IA)

 
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