April 24, 2002
DEPARTMENT WHO PLAN: "NOT VERY ENERGIZED"
very energized" is how Congressional sources described
the State Department's plan, dated 4/22/02 and transmitted
to Congress pursuant to PL 107-158, to "endorse and
obtain observer status for Taiwan" in the World Health
they used the old Chinese saying - there's no way (mei-you
ban-fa)," one source said of the plan.
is hardly a plan," stated FAPA President Wu Ming-chi.
"Congress expected a robust, detailed description of
how the State Department would proceed from now through
the May 2002 Geneva meeting to get Taiwan observer status
in the WHO. All the State Department gave was a report on
why the process will be, in their words, "a difficult
Bush and Secretary Tommy Thompson have indicated their support
for Taiwan's participation in the WHO," Wu continued.
"The State Department should put together a game plan
as to how this will be done, not give excuses as to why
it will be hard to do."
the text of the plan