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WHO NAME GAME: Ma turns to EU for help in WHO furor

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff Reporter, with CNA

Documents attached to the letter were a letter dated Jan. 2, 2009, sent by Bernard Kean that designated Taiwan as the “point of contact in Taipei” and the nation’s response to the letter dated Jan. 22 of that year by then-Centers for Disease Control director-general Steve Kuo (郭旭崧).

Chiu said Taiwan’s designation was “altered without our consent and knowledge in the WHO’s internal memo is most regrettable.”

“I hereby request that you immediately look into this grave matter and redress such a mistake that is unacceptable to us,” Chiu said.

Chiu concluded the letter by expressing gratitude to Chan for inviting him to attend the WHA session and also assured her that Taiwan’s delegation would continue to make substantial contributions to the work of the WHO.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said that representatives of several of the nation’s allies — Gambia, Nauru, Nicaragua and Swaziland — were present when Chiu met with Burci, while the representatives of Palau and Panama also met with Chiu later to express their support.

Asked for comment, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Shen Lyu-shun (沈呂巡) denied that the wording of the letter had not been strong enough, saying the criticism of the tone used in the letter were lost in translation.

“It was actually a strongly-worded protest if you read the English version. If you also look at [former US president Franklin] Roosevelt’s declaration of war against Japan [on Dec. 8, 1941], the Day of Infamy Speech, you would see that the tone of his speech was quite gentle,” Shen said.

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