May 10, 2002
Senators sent Secretary of State Colin Powell a letter last
night requesting him to "publicly endorse Taiwan's
observership in the WHO" and to have the United States
"actively encourage other WHO member states to support
observership for Taiwan."
their disappointment that a State Department plan, authorized
by PL 107-158, "does not more clearly articulate a
plan aimed at" increasing Taiwan's participation in
the WHO, the Senators state their belief that "the
people of Taiwan deserve access to the highest standards
of health information and services." They also declare
that, "given the growing threat of bioterrorism, it
is imperative that vital information can be made universally
see no reason why Taiwan should continue to be excluded
from having the same benefits as non-state entities (such
as the Palestinian Authority) with observer status in the
WHO," the Senators conclude.
believe that it is important for the United States to take
the lead on this issue, affirming the principle that healthcare
is a basic right for every individual. As such, we urge
the Administration to take a more vigorous, concrete approach
to supporting observer status for Taiwan," the Senators
declare as a preface to asking Secretary Powell to speak
publicly to this issue.
the House and Senate have sent strong, bipartisan letters
to the Bush Administration asking that the President speak
out forcefully on Taiwan's observer status in the WHO,"
stated FAPA President Wu Ming-chi. "The time is now
for such action!