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2004-04-22 19:11:42

    Taipei, April 22 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Thursday expressed its appreciation for the United States House of Representatives' support for Taiwan's bid to enter into the World Health Organization (WHO).

    MOFA officials noted that the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill 416-0 to express its support of Taiwan joining the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the WHO, as an observer.

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Tan Sun Chen expressed his appreciation for the support of friends in the U.S. Congress, and medical personnel in the United States and overseas Chinese.

    Chen said that joining the WHO is already the consensus of the nation, and that the ministry is appreciative of the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the bill.

    The MOFA will continue its efforts to solicit international support for Taiwan's bid, Chen said.

    The bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives calls on the Secretary of State to report to Congress annually on progress toward developing and implementing the plan to help Taiwan enter the WHO.

    Chen Chien-jen, minister of Health, will lead a Taiwan delegation to Geneva, where the WHA will hold its annual conference, next month for the nation's eighth bid to join the international health organization.

(By Lilian Wu)


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