The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue talks with nations and non-governmental organizations to help address Europe’s worst refugee crisis since World War II by providing supplies if necessary, Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lin (林永樂) said yesterday.
The Republic of China (ROC), as a humanitarian aid provider in the international community, has been keeping a close watch over developments in the European refugee crisis, Lin said.
The ROC will maintain close communication with European nations involved in offering aid amid the crisis, he said.
Taiwan will provide supplies and help to address issues, he added.
According to media reports, more than 100,000 refugees from the Middle East have flocked to Europe to seek safety amid conflicts at home.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was due to unveil new proposals later yesterday, setting extended quotas for European states to take in asylum-seekers.
Under the proposals, Germany is to take in more than 40,000 people and France 30,000 of a total of 160,000 asylum seekers who the EU executive said should be relocated from Italy, Greece and Hungary, reports said.
As an international humanitarian aid provider, the ROC has consistently provided supplies to Middle East refugees, Lin said.
The ROC has donated prefabricated housing units to refugees in Jordan and northern Iraq who were left homeless due to armed conflicts in their nations, Lin said.
UNDER INVESTIGATION: Huang’s body was found just outside the bathroom and showed no signs of a struggle, and no alcohol or drugs were found Singer and actor Alien Huang (黃鴻升) was found dead at his home in Taipei’s Beitou District (北投) yesterday. He was 36. Huang was also known by the nickname Xiao Gui (“little ghost”). His body was found when his father went to check on him after being unable to reach him by telephone, and called emergency services to the house at 11am, the Taipei City Police Department said. Huang’s body, which was discovered just outside the bathroom, showed no signs of a physical struggle, and he appeared to have been dead for some time, police said, adding that no drugs or alcohol were
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