Wed, May 21, 2003 - Page 2 News List

US senators send congratulatory letter

CNA , WASHINGTON

Thirty US senators have signed a letter to President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) to congratulate him on his third anniversary in office, officials from Taiwan's top representative office in Washington said Monday.

The letter, which was faxed by Senator Larry Craig, chairman of the Senate Committee on Aging, also expressed the hope that Taiwan would no longer be excluded from the World Health Organization, and would soon gain observer status in the World Health Assembly.

"The 23 million people of Taiwan deserve access to information about diseases and cures," the senators said.

The senators said that with the recent outbreak of the contagious and sometimes fatal SARS, they see the absolute necessity of sharing medical information in a timely fashion and without any political obstruction.

The senators also noted with appreciation the humanitarian assistance provided by Taiwan to the people of Afghanistan and Iraq, not to mention the nation's generous contribution to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

"We also appreciate your government's unwavering support of our fight against global terrorism and the concrete steps that your administration has taken to protect the lives and property of US citizens in Taiwan," they said.

"With a shared common interest in maintaining peace and stability in East Asia, we applaud your good faith attempts to resume a dialogue with the People's Republic of China and hope that the PRC will respond positively to your evident goodwill, " the senators wrote.

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