UNPO mistakes Shinzo Abe for Ma on Web site photo

MISREPRESENTED::The Unrepresented Nations and People’s Organization ran the wrong picture with an article it attributed to MOFA’s ‘Taiwan Today’

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

Sun, Dec 16, 2012 - Page 3

President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) has apparently been mistaken for former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, who is likely to lead the Liberal Democratic Party to win today’s parliamentary elections, on an international organization’s Web site.

The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), created by nations and peoples around the world who are not represented in the world’s principal international organizations, on Friday ran an article attributed to Taiwan Today, an Internet-based publication run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ (MOFA) Department of International Information Services.

Beneath a photograph of Abe, the caption reads: “The President of Taiwan seeks expanded role for Taiwan in UN Agencies based on Taiwan technical expertise and strategic location.”

The photograph was accompanied by an article about Ma receiving a group of permanent representatives to the UN from Taiwan’s diplomatic allies.

Questioned by the media yesterday, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Steve Hsia (夏季昌) said the ministry would instruct Taiwan’s Representative Office in the Netherlands, where the UNPO is located, to contact the UNPO to rectify the mistake.

The UNPO, which has 41 members including Taiwan, has been very supportive of Taiwan’s international participation.

Regular contacts take place between the UNPO and Taipei’s Representative Office in the Netherlands, Hsia said.