Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2018. 9:38 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Tensions are high in the Republic of China (ROC) Taiwan, after two of its 17 remaining allies, Guatemala and the Holy See, did not come to its defense on Monday.
This was during the debate of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Fortunately,12 countries came to Taiwan’s defense and including Paraguay, the Marshall Islands, Swatini, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Tuvalu, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands and Belize.
Additionally, 12 of Taiwan’s allies sent a joint letter to U.N. Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, in support of Taiwan’s interests in being more active in the UN.
Those 12 countries were Haiti, the Marshall Islands, Swatini, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Tuvalu, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands and Belize.
Nicaragua, Paraguay and Honduras sent their own individual letters supporting Taiwan’s requests.
In his address to the UN, Belize’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wilfred “Sedi” Elrington, had no qualms criticizing the UN for excluding Taiwan.
“… despite global recognition of their successes and despite the readiness of U.N. member states to conduct business with this fast growing economy, this institution has cut them off,” he said.
He added, “It has gone so far as to refuse to recognize the legitimacy of Taiwanese passports and so literally cutting off even the Taiwanese tourists from entering its premises as visitors.”
Taiwan continues to comfortably rely on Belize as a faithful ally. Belize on the other hand, continues to rely on Taiwan for its generosity in foreign aid.
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