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MOFA trying to get Taiwanese media ICAO accreditation

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter, with CNA

Taiwan has sought to participate in the ICAO, which promotes safe and efficient air travel, as an observer since 2009 to achieve its goal of “professional, pragmatic, dignified and meaningful” participation, the ministry said.

While gaining admission as an observer is hard, as is the case for the ICAO assembly, Taiwan can accept other special arrangements to achieve the goal of meaningful participation in the agency, the ministry said.

For a non-UN member state to gain observer status, it needs the support of four-fifths of ICAO members, a barrier that has proved too high to scale considering the clout of China, which frequently opposes Taiwan’s participation in the international community.

Civil Aeronautics Administration Director-General Jean Shen (沈啟) will lead a delegation to the Montreal meeting using the designation “Chinese Taipei,” Hsieh said.

Taiwan has sought international support for its bid to participate in the ICAO to help promote international civil aviation safety and the orderly development of global aviation services, the ministry said.

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