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Allies supported Taiwan at WHA


Several nations with no diplomatic relations with Taiwan have argued in its favor at this year's World Health Assembly (WHA), in which Taiwan has unsuccessfully tried to gain access as an observer, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said yesterday.

These countries include Australia, Canada, the US and Mongolia, which voiced support for Taiwan in a Committee meeting, while Japan did so during a plenary meeting, according to LiaoTung-chou, deputy director-general of the ministry's Department of International Organizations.

Liao said the government was disappointed that Taiwan was again excluded from the WHA this year, but would continue to fight on behalf of the nation.

Taiwan suffered a 10th setback on Monday in its quest to gain observer status at the WHA -- the highest decision-making body of theWorld Health Organization -- after the organization's General Committee decided not to put the issue on the agenda following Chinese objections.

Fourteen of Taiwan's diplomatic allies issued a joint proposal in support of Taiwan's participation in this year's WHA.

They were Belize, Gambia, Malawi, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Nicaragua, Palau, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome and Principe, the Solomon Islands, Swaziland and Tuvalu.

During the committee meeting, Burkina Faso, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tuvalu and Sao Tome and Principe spoke in favor of Taiwan, Liao said.

Meanwhile, Belize, Gambia, Malawi and Palau argued on behalf of Taiwan against China, Cuba and Pakistan during debates held in the general committee and plenary meetings, he said.

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