Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2019. 1:44 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: While the Republic of China (Taiwan) lost another diplomatic ally this month, the remaining allies are petitioning the United Nations to allow Taiwan to participate in UN meetings. Belize was among the 11 allies that sent letters to US Secretary-General António Guterres, on Monday (Sept. 17), the first day of the 74th UN General Assembly.
Taiwan’s allies have backed the country’s participation in the United Nations with letters sent to the international body’s secretary-general, António Guterres, on Monday (Sept. 17), the first day of the 74th UN General Assembly. According to ambassador Lois Young, Belize’s envoy to the UN, the petition was signed by Belize, Eswatini, Haiti, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, and Tuvalu.
A representative from the Vatican joined the representatives from Taiwan that went to deliver the petition to the UN, though the Vatican did not sign the petition.
The petition also asked that the UN should not bar holders of the Taiwanese passport from entering UN-affiliated facilities nor ban the Taiwanese media from covering UN events. Honduras and Paraguay also sent separate letters to Guterres to show their support for Taiwan, according to Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).
Lily Hsu (徐儷文), head of Taiwan’s representative office in New York, expressed her thanks to the allies for their staunch support of Taiwan. Today, Hsu urged the UN to include Taiwan so that the country can work with global partners to fulfill the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)s.
Taiwan has been excluded from the UN since 1971, when the People’s Republic of China was admitted to the international organization.
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