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Latest UN snub is `groundless': New York liaison

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA, NEW YORK

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's rejection of Taiwan's application to become a signatory to a UN women's rights convention based on UN Resolution 2758 is absolutely unacceptable to Taiwan and its people, Taiwan's representative in New York said on Thursday.

Liao Kang-min (廖港民), who doubles as head of Taiwan's UN working group, said that Ban's denial of Taiwan's right to take part in the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women based on UN Resolution 2758 -- which Ban claims stipulates that "Taiwan is part of the People's Republic of China" -- was "groundless and a fallacy."

Liao said that since the UN passed Resolution 2758 in 1971, Beijing has tried to mislead the world into thinking that Taiwan is part of the People's Republic of China, pointing out that the resolution only replaced the Republic of China with the People's Republic of China as the sole representative of China in the UN and that it did not address the representation of the Taiwanese people.

Liao, who succeeded Andrew Hsia (夏立言) as Taiwan's top liaison officer in New York and who began the job just last week, said that his UN working group will come up with measures to cope with the matter at an appropriate time.

Meanwhile, Laio said his office would push Taiwan's bid to join the UN using the name "Taiwan" in the next two months using a two-pronged strategy -- seeking representation in the organization for Taiwanese based on the principle of universality prescribed in the UN Charter and proposing a proactive role for the UN in maintaining peace, stability and security in East Asia, including the Taiwan Strait.

Liao quoted Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) as having said recently that President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) will meet with high-level national security officials next month to discuss strategies surrounding Taiwan's UN bid this year, including the feasibility of filing a suit with the International Court of Justice on Taiwan's lack of representation at the UN.

Last September marked the nation's 14th attempt in as many years to join the UN.

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