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New UN report underlines cross-strait predicament

STAFF WRITER WITH CNA , NEW YORK

Five of Taiwan's diplomatic allies demanded on Thursday that the UN promote peace across the Taiwan Strait after hearing a new UN report entitled Prevention of Armed Conflict.

Representatives from the five allies -- the Gambia, Tuvalu, Nicaragua, St Vincent and the Grenadines and the Solomon Islands -- told the UN Assembly and the UN Security Council to face the fact that cross-strait tensions could jeopardize peace and stability in East Asia after they heard the report presented by UN Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown.

The allies accused China of expanding its arsenal of missiles aimed at Taiwan in readiness for an invasion and urged the UN to step in and promote peaceful dialogue between the two parties.

Responding to the accusation later that day, China said the Taiwan issue is an internal matter and not one for the UN to address.

This was not well received by representatives from many other countries that heard the report.

Andrew Hsia (夏立言), director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, reiterated Taiwan's resolve to seek peace in the Taiwan Strait. He also expressed his hope that the UN will not ignore the possibility of armed conflict in the Taiwan Strait.

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