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Posted: Tuesday, September 26, 2017. 2:41 p.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: Belize was among the 15 diplomatic allies, which spoke in support of the Republic of China (Taiwan) at the General Debate of the 72nd Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.

Paraguay, Swaziland, Nauru, Haiti, Burkina Faso, Palau, Tuvalu, Kiribati, St. Lucia, the Solomon Islands, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the Marshall Islands, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Nicaragua, also spoke on Taiwan’s behalf at the assembly.

Eleanor Wang, spokesperson for Taiwan’s foreign ministry noted that its allies have also committed to writing letters to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. She explained that each country was showing support “based on an evaluation of their own national interests.”

The allies that did not make any supportive statements included El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and the Dominican Republic, which the Tai Pei Times noted has been the norm for several years. Taiwan has only one European ally, the Vatican City, however, it is only an observer at the UN and rarely makes any statements.

Belize’s Foreign Minister, Wilfred Ellrington, pointed out during his address, that the UN has selectively applied its own principles, when dealing with Taiwan, noting that humanity suffers if the UN’s principles are not upheld.

Taiwan is making three demands of the UN to end measures preventing Taiwan from entering UN meetings, and to include Taiwan in the UN in recognition of its achievements in realizing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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