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China urged to stop opposing Taiwan's bids to join U.N. bodies

ROC Central News Agency

2011/10/06 16:20:06

Taipei, Oct. 6 (CNA) Premier Wu Den-yih said Thursday that China should not veto Taiwan's bids for membership of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as both organizations concern the fundamental human rights of safety and health.

The country's bids to join such U.N.-affiliated organizations and other non-governmental organizations have time after time faced strong opposition from China, he noted.

Wu made the remark at a meeting following a briefing by Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) officials on the present status of Taiwan's bids to join the organizations.

According to MOFA officials, Taiwan is pushing for observer status in the ICAO and in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, as well as a higher status at the WHO.

In 2009, Taiwan was awarded observer status but not full membership in the World Health Assembly (WHA), the decision-making arm of the WHO.

The inclusion marked eventual success for Taiwan after 12 failed attempts at WHA participation since 1997. (By Chia-chen Hsieh and Ann Chen) ENDITEM/J

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