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Congressional Taiwan Caucus Chairs Urge Armitage To Have U.S. Introduce WHO For Taiwan Resolution In Geneva

For immediate release                                                                                                             May 2, 2002

In a May 1, 2002 letter to Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, Congressional Taiwan Caucus co-chairs Reps. Robert Wexler, Steve Chabot, Sherrod Brown and Dana Rohrabacher expressed their concern about the recently released State Department plan to endorse and obtain observer status for Taiwan at the May World Health Assembly meeting and request a meeting with Armitage to clarify the State Department's plan.

Most importantly, the co-chairs write: We greatly appreciate your role and that of President Bush in advocating and securing Taiwan's accession to the WTO. We hope that you are equally committed to Taiwan's participation as an observer or public health entity in the WHO, and will ensure that the United States introduces a resolution to that effect during the WHA summit.

The US delegation introducing a resolution in Geneva in support of Taiwan's meaningful participation in the WHO would be more in synch with the text and the spirit of the WHO legislation that was signed into law by President Bush on April 4 than what the State Department has delivered thus far, states FAPA President Ming-chi Wu, Ph.D.

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