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ROC Central News Agency

2005-08-09 22:53:33

    Taipei, Aug. 9 (CNA) Minister of Foreign Affairs Tan Sun Chen said Tuesday he has contributed an article to the Harvard International Review to promote Taiwan's bid to join the United Nations.

    Speaking with local journalists during an informal meeting, Chen said the article is part of his efforts to enhance international awareness of the necessity for Taiwan to have representation in the United Nations and greater presence in the international community as a whole. "We have not done enough to promote our U.N. bid. We really need to step up international publicity to solicit more support for our cause," Chen said.

    The article, titled "Joining the Global Village -- Taiwan's Participation in the International Community," carried in the 2005 summer edition of the prestigious magazine.

    Chen said he listed a number of reasons in the four-page article to explain why the United Nations should not continue to shut out Taiwan.

    According to Chen, the article has received warm response, with many overseas readers sending letters to him in support of his viewpoints.

    The reasons outlined by Chen included that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait need a multilateral framework to ensure cross-strait peace and forge cooperation; Taiwan should be included in the global anti-terrorism mechanism because terrorist actions are borderless; Taiwan, as one of the world's six largest deep-sea fishing countries and a major maritime transport service provider, should be included in the global fishery resources and maritime environment protection mechanism; Taiwan should not be excluded from the global health and disease prevention networks; and Taiwan is willing and able to offer humanitarian aid to many needy countries.

(By Sofia Wu)



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