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MOFA protests rejection of Taiwan's U.N. membership application

ROC Central News Agency

2007-08-04 20:45:14

    Taipei, Aug. 4 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has issued a strong protest against the rejection of President Chen Shui-bian's letter requesting Taiwan's U.N. membership by China's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Wang Guangya.

    MOFA spokesman Wang Chien-yeh said Friday Chen's letter applying for U.N. membership under the name of Taiwan was delivered July 31 to Wang Guangya, who served as rotating president of the U.N. Security Council for July, through the U.N. representatives of Swaziland and the Solomon Islands, two of Taiwan's diplomatic allies.

    However, Wang Guangya returned immediately Chen's letter the same day, arguing that Resolution 2758 adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in 1971 recognizes the representatives of the People's Republic of China government as the "only legitimate representatives of China to the United Nations, " and that China's representation in the U.N. "naturally" includes Taiwan.

    Wang Chien-yeh said Wang Guangya's remarks are unacceptable to Taiwan as it will mislead the world community and sacrifice the basic human rights of Taiwan's 23 million people.

    He added that only the U.N. Security Council and General Assembly have the right to screen and decide membership applications, which is why Chen sent Wang Guangya the letter after a letter sent to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon earlier in July was rejected, with Ban noting that U.N. membership is only granted to sovereign countries and that the U.N. considers Taiwan to be "part of China."

    Wang Guangya failed to do his job by not delivering Chen's letter to the U.N. Security Council for screening, Wang Chien-yeh added.

    He further noted that the two sides of the Taiwan Strait have been governed by separate governments for the last six decades and that Resolution 2758 does not mention Taiwan, neither does it give the People's Republic of China the right to represent the people of Taiwan in the U.N.

    China has "wrongly interpreted" Resolution 2758 and has tried to create a false "one China" concept around the world, to which the Taiwan government expresses its strongest protest, Wang Chien-yeh said.

(By Elisa Kao)

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