The UN Postal Administration (UNPA) has dismissed allegations that it succumbed to pressure from Beijing to abandon a Taiwanese boy's design that was thought to have been selected for printing in a competition to create a special postage stamp.
\nIn addition to expressing its regret, the UNPA offered an explanation on its Web site about how designs were selected and what the "actual reasons" were which led to the "misunderstanding."
\nThe UNPA said in a statement that it selected designs through its Stamp Advisory Committee, made up of 10 members from its New York, Geneva and Vienna offices. In this case, the committee shortlisted eight designs from the 24 merit award winners of the Lions Clubs International's competition to design a peace poster.
\nOne of the eight shortlisted entrants was Yang Chih-yuan (
PHOTO: HO YU-HUA, TAIPEI TIMES
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