Wed, May 15, 2002 - Page 3 News List

Lawmakers decry WHA decision not to discuss Taiwan

UNITY Legislators from all major political parties protested actions taken by Beijing to deny Taiwan entry as a health entity. In the legislature yesterday, DPP and TSU lawmakers held up a banner that read ``Chinese bully, unhealthy''

CNA , TAIPEI

Lawmakers from across the political spectrum protested China's obstruction of Taiwan's participation in the World Health Assembly (WHA) at a legislative plenary session yesterday.

Due to Beijing's opposition, a motion presented by Taipei's diplomatic allies for Taiwan to take part in the WHA, the highest decision-making body of the WHO, as an observer was killed at a WHA steering committee meeting held in Geneva Monday.

It marked the sixth time that such a proposal failed to make it onto the agenda of the annual WHA meeting.

Addressing a Legislative Yuan plenary session, TSU Legislator Chien-Lin Hue-jyun (錢林慧君) said it was deplorable that Beijing has used political means to block Taiwan's participation in a non-political global organization.

Stressing that Taiwan's participation in the WHA would contribute to the upgrading of global health care and medical services, Chien-Lin said China's move has impaired the rights of the people of Taiwan to better health care and hindered general advancement in relevant fields.

Lo Jhih-ming (羅志明), the TSU's deputy legislative whip, said he was hopeful that the large number of Taiwanese investors across the Strait would tell China's leaders that Taiwan has every right to take part in WHA activities.

Another TSU lawmaker, Ho Min-hao (何敏豪), urged the people of Taiwan to stand united in support of the government's efforts to push for the nation's participation in the global health body and fight against Beijing's diplomatic embargo.

Ho also expressed his regret over the failure of the US to speak up on behalf of Taiwan's bid for observer status in the WHA at Monday's meeting in Geneva.

Lawmakers from the ruling DPP and the main opposition parties -- the KMT and PFP -- also blasted Beijing's obstruction of Taiwan's presence in the WHA.

Members of the three parties called on major countries around the world not to yield to Beijing's pressure to deprive Taiwan of its legitimate right to participate in world organizations and access global conferences.

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