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Senate Unanimously Passes Bill Authorizing State Dept. Plan For Taiwan's WHO Observer Status

For immediate release                                                                                           March 19, 2002

   The Senate today unanimously passed legislation (HR2739) “To amend Public Law 107–10 to require 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, and for other purposes.”

   "Our positive action here today is both an act of leadership itself and a call for leadership by the State Department to actively implement a concrete plan for Taiwan's participation in the WHO," commented Senator Robert Torricelli (D-NJ) in a prepared statement.

  The bill concludes that:  

"The Secretary of State is authorized--

(1) to initiate a United States plan to endorse and obtain observer status for Taiwan at the annual week-long summit of the World Health Assembly in May 2002 in Geneva, Switzerland; and

(2) to instruct the United States delegation to Geneva to implement that plan.

(c) REPORT.--Not later than 14 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of State shall submit a written report to the Congress in unclassified form containing the plan authorized under subsection (b)."

"Today's Senate action neatly complements the European Parliament's unanimous passage of a resolution last week calling on members of the European Union to support Taiwan's observer status application," stated FAPA President Ming-chi Wu, PhD.  "Momentum is now on Taiwan's side .  I hope that the US State Department will seize this opportunity to right the wrong of Taiwan's exclusion from international organizations like the WHO.  FAPA plans to write to all WHO members and encourage them to vote for Taiwan's participation as soon as possible."

 For further information, contact Coen Blaauw at 202-547-3686.

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