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    WHO 2002 - CTC Letter to Bush

Congress of the United States

     Washington, DC 20515

                                                                                                                                           April 19, 2002

The President

The White House

Washington, DC 20500


Dear Mr. President,

Thank you for recently signing H.R. 2739 into law, which authorizes a United States plan to endorse and obtain observer status for Taiwan at the annual summit of the World Health Assembly in May 2002 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Your support for Taiwan's participation in the World Health Organization (WHO) was evidenced in your May 11, 2001 letter to Senator Frank Murkowski. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson's remarks at last year's World Health Assembly (WHA) meeting and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs James Kelly's testimony before the International Relations Committee's East Asia and Pacific Subcommittee are greatly appreciated by all members of Congress.

The tragic events of September 11th underscore the need for the world medical community to respond effectively to terrorist attacks, whether they be chemical, biological, or nuclear. They also bring additional rationale for Taiwan's integration into this community. As an active participant in the world medical community, Taiwan could bring its rich resources into play to the benefit of all mankind.

We respectfully request that you ask the State Department to initiate a plan to endorse and obtain observer status for Taiwan at the May 2002 Geneva WHA meeting. Your open declaration of support for Taiwan's WHO observer status would encourage the People's Republic of China and the rest of the international community to be more receptive to Taiwan's participation in the WHO and other international organizations.

Thank you for your consideration of this important matter. 


1) Sherrod Brown 2) Robert Wexler 3) Steve Chabot 4) Dana Rohrabacher 5) Ben Gilman 6) Rob Simmons 7) Dan Burton 8) Joe Barton9) Eliot Engel 10) Mike McNulty 11) Rick Larsen 12) Peter Deutsch 13) Julia Carson 14) Eni Faleomavaega 15) Nita Lowey 16) Howard Berman 17) Mark Souder 18) Hilda Solis 19) Elton Gallegly 20) Bob Schaffer 21) Earl Hilliard 22) Virgil Goode 23) Albert R. Wynn 24) Maurice Hinchey 25) Gary Ackerman 26) Ken Calvert 27) Joe Hoeffel 28) Shelley Berkley 29) Solomon Ortiz 30) Rob Andrews 31) Sam Johnson 32) Mike Bilirakis 33) Bob Barr 34) Deborah Pryce 35) Bob Ehrlich36) Jim Davis37) Eddie Bernice Johnson38) Pete Stark39) John Shimkus40) Adam Schiff41) Peter King42) Patrick Kennedy 43) Pete Sessions 44) Walter Jones 45) Sue Myrick 46) David Wu 47) Marcy Kaptur 48) Curt Weldon49) Dave Weldon50) Lincoln Diaz-Balart51) Barney Frank52) Adam Putnam53) Thomas Tancredo 54) Todd Tiarht55) Jerry Weller56) Jim Langevin57) Ileana Ros-Lehtinen58) Joanne Davis59) Charles Bass 60) John Sweeney 61) Norm Dicks 62) Frank Pallone 63) Henry Waxman 64) Danny Davis 65) Tom Lantos 66) Jerrold Nadler 67) Joe Crowley 68) Gregory Meeks 69) Butch Otter 70) Edolphus Towns

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