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Allies speak in Taiwan's favor at UN

BIG GAP Speaking at the General Assembly, three heads of state decried the nation's absence in the world body and pointed to the nation's global role

STAFF WRITER , WITH CNA, NEW YORK AND TAIPEI

Three more allies of Taiwan expressed support for its bid to join the UN on Friday during the annual session of the UN General Assembly.

Speaking for Taiwan on day four of the general debate were representatives of the Marshall Islands, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

In his statement, Marshall Islands President Kessai Note told member states that the UN still turns a blind eye to the people of Taiwan and silences their voices, at the same time as the world body is working with its members to resolve disputes peacefully and help create democratic societies.

"The absence of Taiwan at the United Nations creates a gap in the global network of cooperation, goes against the ideals and concepts of justice upheld by the United Nations and contravenes the principle of universality," Note said.

Saint Lucia Prime Minister Stephenson King said that Taiwan has continued to abide by the principles enshrined in the UN Charter, even though the country is not a member of the world body.

In addition, Taiwan has made significant contributions to global development by providing economic and technical assistance to developing countries, King said.

"We are therefore saddened that the will of the people of Taiwan, expressed by their duly elected representatives, continues to be ignored by this body," he said.

Meanwhile, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said Taiwan possesses all the attributes and qualifications for membership and urged UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to accept and deal with Taiwan's membership application in accordance with the UN Charter.

"There is no adequate justification for the continued exclusion of Taiwan from participation in the numerous global exchanges in the United Nations and other international bodies," Gonsalves said.

Also taking the floor on Friday was Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi (楊潔箎), who repeated Beijing's claim that "Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory."

Yang also said that China will not permit any challenge to the "one China" principle and to UN Resolution 2758 adopted by the General Assembly in 1971, based on which the People's Republic of China (PRC) replaced the Republic of China (ROC) as the sole legitimate representative of China to the UN.

Yang accused Taiwanese authorities of "obstinately clinging to the separatist course of Taiwan independence" by pushing for a referendum on applying for UN membership under the name "Taiwan," a move he said will "gravely endanger peace and stability" across the Taiwan Strait and in the Asia-Pacific region.

In Taipei, Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) said yesterday that the differences between the pan-blue and the pan-green camps over the name of the country can be resolved through the Constitution.

Lu said that regardless of the name the country is known by, Taiwan's status as a sovereign state was confirmed when the first popular election for the country's president and vice president was held on March 23, 1996.

"No matter which party you voted for, you were confirming Taiwan's status as a sovereign independent state with concrete action," Lu said while addressing a leadership camp organized by the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) Department of Social Development.

She urged the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) and the DPP to cooperate to push for the country's goal of becoming a member of the UN by putting aside their differences over what name to use in the bid.

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