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WHO’s terminology like a ‘slap’: DPP

CONSENSUS CONSEQUENCES?Party spokesmen and legislators said a letter from the WHO to a European Parliament group showed the ‘true face’ of President Ma’s policy

By Chris Wang and Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff Reporters

The government also demanded in May that the WHO correct its designation of Taiwan as a “province of China” in an internal memo, with a letter of protest delivered by Department of Health Minister Chiu Wen-ta (邱文達) when he attended WHA meeting, Shen said.

Although the WHO has not yet replied to Taiwan, the government “hasn’t relaxed its efforts” to urge the WHO to address the problem, Shen said.

“In the reply [to Tannock], the WHO cited the WHA Resolution [25.1] to refer Taiwan as a part of China. This is absolutely unacceptable,” Shen said.

Shen said the UN has remained rigid about its position of the reference being used in the UN system since the Republic of China was forced out of the UN in 1971.

However, the mode adopted by the World Health Assembly (WHA) — the decisionmaking arm of the WHO — for Taiwan’s formal participation in three consecutive years in which minister-level officials participated under the name “Chinese Taipei” and its participation in the IHR in the capacity of a “point of contact in Taipei” have “opened a window of opportunity” for the country to be able to participate in international affairs with dignity, Shen said.

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