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Government to ask allies to voice support for Taiwan's U.N. inclusion

ROC Central News Agency

09/02/2021 06:03 PM

Taipei, Sept. 2 (CNA) Taiwan's government will again ask its diplomatic allies to voice support for the inclusion of Taiwan in the United Nations, either by speaking up during the upcoming General Assembly or by sending letters to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday.

MOFA Secretary General Lily Hsu (徐儷文) made the comment when announcing MOFA's campaign for U.N. participation this year in the run up to the 76th session of the U.N. General Assembly, which will be held from Sept. 14-21.

During last year's assembly, 14 of the nation's 15 diplomatic allies expressed their support for Taiwan by sending either joint or individual letters to Guterres, and/or by speaking up for Taiwan in the General Debate and other high-level meetings, the only exception being the Holy See.

Taiwan's only diplomatic ally in Europe, the Holy See, is not a member of the U.N., but an observer and rarely speaks on political issues during the U.N. related meetings.

According to Hsu, the theme for the 76th session is "Building resilience through hope to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalize the United Nations."

Taipei's U.N. bid this year has three main appeals, namely, to demand the international organization resolve the "inappropriate exclusion of Taiwan's 23.5 million people from the U.N. system," Hsu said.

Taiwan also called on the U.N. to change its "discriminatory policy" against Taiwanese passport holders and journalists from visiting U.N. headquarters to cover U.N.-related activities; she said.

The U.N. should also takes steps to ensure that Taiwan has the right to participate in "an equal and dignified manner" in meetings, mechanisms, and activities related to the implementation of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to make contributions, she added.

As part of the campaign to promote Taiwan's appeal to the international community, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) has published an op-ed entitled "Reimagining A More Resilient U.N. System-With Taiwan In It" in international media, Hsu said.

Taiwan's representative office in New York, where the U.N. headquarters is based, will also set up a special webpage to promote Taiwan's inclusion in the U.N. before the assembly begins this year, she added.

Taiwan, officially called the Republic of China, left the U.N. in 1971 when the People's Republic of China took its place, and has since been excluded from its special agencies.

(By Chung Yu-chen and Joseph Yeh)

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