Foreign minister thanks allies and Fiji for speeches at UN


Mon, Sep 19, 2005 - Page 3

Minister of Foreign Affairs Mark Chen (陳唐山) thanked the leaders of nine allies and Fiji on Saturday for speaking out for Taiwan at the UN.

The leaders of the nine allies either praised Taiwan's economic achievements and democracy or prodded the UN to admit Taiwan as a member at the UN Summit of World Leaders that concluded in New York on Friday.

Although their speeches did not help Taiwan's bid to enter the UN, which had already been quashed after the UN General Committee decided on Sept. 13 not to put it on the agenda, they helped voice Taiwan's desire to reach out to the international community, Chen said.

The minister said he especially took heart at the speech of Fiji President Josefa Iloila, who said the world should develop ties with China and Taiwan in parallel. Iloila's remarks bode well for ties between the two countries, although there are no diplomatic ties between Taiwan and Fiji, Chen said.

The leaders of the nine allies who spoke out for Taiwan were Kiribati President Anote Tong, Tuvalu Prime Minister Maatia Toafa, Honduras Foreign Minister Mario Fortin, Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Sao Tome and Principe President Fradique de Menenes, Saint Christopher and Nevis Prime Minister Denzil Douglas, Nauru President Ludwig Scotty, Marshall Islands President Kessai Note and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Sir Allan Kemakeza.