IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 20, 2002
Ted Miller, 202/225-6285
PASSES BROWN'S TAIWAN/WHO BILL
Brown's Bill Formalizes U.S. Support for Taiwan's Inclusion
in International Health Organization Activities
DC -- Congressman Sherrod Brown (D-OH) praised Senate passage
of his legislation that would direct the Secretary of State
to help Taiwan gain observer status at the World Health
Organization's (WHO) World Health Assembly.
bill, which passed Tuesday night by unanimous consent, would
direct Secretary of State Colin Powell to endorse and help
obtain observer status for Taiwan at the annual week-long
summit of the World Health Assembly (WHA). The bill also
would require Powell to submit a plan to Congress on how
to accomplish this objective.
said this bill is an important first step in fulfilling
the commitment the U.S. made in the 1994 Taiwan Policy Review
to more actively support Taiwan's membership in organizations
such as the UN and WHO.
has eradicated smallpox, cholera, and polio, and has achieved
infant mortality rates on par with Western Countries. These
accomplishments warrant an invitation to participate in
international health policy discussions," said Brown,
who is a member of the House International Relations' Subcommittee
on East Asia and the Pacific. "With a population of
23.5 million, Taiwan is larger than 75% of the countries
that belong to the WHO. Taiwan is prepared to contribute
meaningfully to the global health efforts discussed at WHA,
but without observer status, its delegates can't even enter
the room. This bill would prevent the international community
from missing out on the insight and experience Taiwanese
health officials can offer."
said the WHO had granted the Palestine Liberation Organization,
the Order of Malta, and the Vatican observer status at various
activities. He also said the U.S., in a 1994 Taiwan Policy
Review, declared its intention to help expand Taiwan's participation
in international organizations.