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Taiwanese free to tour UN office, after protest

Staff writer, with CNA

After protesting a denial of entry by the UN’s Geneva office last month, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said it has received a positive response from the organization, which said that any Republic of China (ROC) citizen can visit the Geneva office with two forms of photo identification.

“It is okay to enter the Palais des Nations” for a tour, said Michael Hsu (徐佩勇), director-general of the MOFA’s Department of International Organizations, granted that the visitors display an ROC passport and a government-issued photo ID.

As for the UN headquarters in New York, a passport would be sufficient, Hsu added.

The issue of whether Taiwan’s international space is being squeezed has become a hotly debated topic since a Taiwanese tourist was reportedly refused entry to the UN office in Geneva for a tour, even though the person presented identification in the form of an ROC passport.

The traveler, surnamed Tsai (蔡), complained in a post on Facebook last month that she was denied entry to the Palais des Nations during a recent tour to Geneva.

Tsai said that security officers refused her entry because the UN does not recognize the ROC.

Upon learning the incident, officials with Taiwan’s representative office in Geneva brought up the issue with the UN office there and lodged a protest, Hsu said.

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