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Four more allies speak at U.N. for Taiwan's participation

ROC Central News Agency

2018/09/27 13:25:05

Taipei, Sept. 27 (CNA) Four of Taiwan's diplomatic allies spoke in favor of Taiwan taking part in United Nations activities during the international body's weeklong general debate Wednesday, bringing the total number of allies who have spoken for Taiwan to six, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

King Mswati III of eSwatini reiterated his country's "unwavering stance" in calling upon the U.N. to afford the people of the Republic of China (Taiwan) the opportunity to partake and contribute to the U.N. development system.

"Taiwan's experience in various fields, vital to the dimensions of sustainable development, would go a long way in contributing to the work and membership of the U.N.," Mswati said in his address.

The leader of Taiwan's only diplomatic ally in Africa made a strong call that the people of Taiwan should not be left behind in making the U.N. relevant to all people to be in line with the spirit of universality.

In his address, Kiribati President Taneti Maamau pointed out that the U.N. theme that will be delivered in the next 12 months is about all the people living on this planet.

"This theme will be irrelevant if the U.N. continues to ignore the 23 million people who live and contribute to our shared home and continues to exclude them from the process," Maamau said.

"We are one family and we therefore call on an inclusive approach to have Taiwan participate in international processes and to allow it to contribute to address areas of concerns to this U.N. body and the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)," he said.

President Baron Waqa of Nauru also stressed that making the U.N. relevant to all people must include the people of Taiwan.

"The people of Taiwan should be treated equally to those of other nations. The U.N. should resolve the serious issue of Taiwan's 23 million people being excluded from the U.N. system," he said.

Waqa quoted the U.N. charter, which states that the organization's mission is to "reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small."

He also took the opportunity to thank those countries who have offered assistance to Nauru, including Taiwan.

Tommy Remengesau, Jr., president of the Republic of Palau, praised Taiwan as a long-time supporter of his country's efforts to achieve the SDGs, which are exemplified by the Taiwan government's assistance in the island's infrastructure, as well as continued assistance in the health and education sectors.

"We urge the U.N. to seek a solution to include Taiwan in all its processes, including the International Civil Aviation Organization and the World Health Organization," he said.

"My government firmly believes that Taiwan's inclusion in the U.N. system will greatly benefit the U.N.'s work and its sustainable development agenda towards 2030 and beyond," he added.

During the opening of the debate a day earlier, President Mario Abdo Benitez of Paraguay and Hilda Heine, president of the Marshall Islands, both spoke up for Taiwan's meaningful participation in the U.N.

Two of Taiwan's diplomatic allies in Central America -- Guatemala and Honduras -- however, did not mention Taiwan during their leaders' addresses.

(By Joseph Yeh)

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