April 17, 2002
Taiwan Caucus to Pres. Bush:
Support Taiwan's WHO Observer Status
In its first action, the newly inaugurated Congressional
Taiwan Caucus pressed President George W. Bush for an
" open declaration of support for Taiwan's WHO observer
status" and requested that he "ask the State
Department to initiate a plan to endorse and obtain observer
status for Taiwan at the May 2002 Geneva WHA meeting."
CTC letter to the President said that his open support
for Taiwan "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."
Presidential declaration of support for Taiwan's WHO observer
status is a crucial signal to other nations about the
US' intent in the WHA Geneva meeting," declared FAPA
President Wu Ming-chi.
"We have heard numerous times that support
is there for Taiwan, but other nations look to the US
to take the lead.
FAPA deeply appreciates the Congressional Taiwan
Caucus' initiative on this issue and we hope that Mr.
Bush will respond forcefully."