Wed, May 15, 2002 - Page 3 News List

Friends, no votes at WHA

POLITICS While many expressed feelings of support for Taipei's attempt to join the WHO, few nations are willing to back up their emotions with votes in Taiwan's favor

By Monique Chu  /  STAFF REPORTER INGENEVA , SWITZERLAND

Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Michael Kao (高英茂) said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently studying the feasibility of making a related appeal to the International Court of Justice, with regard to Taiwan's WHO bid.

While admitting that he felt "frustrated" from time to time, the scholar-turned-vice-minister-of-foreign-affairs remained upbeat about Taiwan's initiative this year to apply to join the WHA as a "health entity."

"The trend of globalization stresses international cooperation, and various international organizations have already put the focus on functional issues," Kao said.

While admitting that he has had nightmares related to the nation's WHO effort, such as one in which Taipei's proposal is put on the table without applause, Kao said that the new initiative would gain momentum in the future.

"I can guarantee to you that the international law textbooks in 10 years would record our case as a precedent," Kao added.

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