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US Congress urges Taiwan membership in the United Nations

Washington, 28 July 2000

On Thursday, 28 July 2000, a resolution was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives urging Taiwan's membership in the UN and other international organizations.

The resolution, H. Con. Resolution 390, was introduced by Congressman Bob Schaffer (R-CO), who led a bi-partisan group of 42 House Members in calling on the Clinton Administration to "fulfill the commitment it made in the 1994 Taiwan Policy Review to more actively support Taiwan's membership in appropriate international organizations."

Introduction of the resolution was initiated by the Washington-based Formosan Association for Public Affairs, which kicked off the "Taiwan into the United Nations Campaign" by the Taiwanese-American community.

On the occasion of the introduction, Congressman Schaffer made the following statement. The text of the Resolution is given below.

United States House of Representatives

106th CONGRESS 2nd Session

Concurrent Resolution H. CON. RES. 390

Expressing the sense of the Congress regarding Taiwan's participation in the United Nations.

  • Whereas Taiwan has dramatically improved its record on human rights and routinely holds free and fair elections in a multiparty system, as evidenced most recently by Taiwan's second democratic presidential election of March 18, 2000, in which Mr. Chen Shui-bian was elected as president;
  • Whereas the 23,000,000 people on Taiwan are not represented in the United Nations and their human rights as citizens of the world are therefore severely abridged;
  • Whereas Taiwan has in recent years repeatedly expressed its strong desire to participate in the United Nations;
  • Whereas Taiwan has much to contribute to the work and funding of the United Nations;
  • Whereas the world community has reacted positively to Taiwan's desire for international participation, as shown by Taiwan's membership in the Asian Development Bank, Taiwan's admission to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation group as a full member, and Taiwan's accession as an observer to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade;
  • Whereas the United States has supported Taiwan's participation in these bodies and, in the Taiwan Policy Review of September 1994, declared an intention of a stronger and more active policy of support for Taiwan's participation in appropriate international organizations;
  • Whereas Public Law 106–137 required the Secretary of State to submit a report to the Congress on administration efforts to support Taiwan's participation in international organizations, in particular the World Health Organization; and
  • Whereas in such report the Secretary of State failed to endorse Taiwanese participation in international organizations and thereby did not follow the spirit of the 1994 Taiwan Policy Review: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of the Congress that

  1. Taiwan and its 23 million people deserve appropriate meaningful participation in the United Nations and other international organizations such as the World Health Organization; and
  2. the United States should fulfill the commitment it made in the 1994 Taiwan Policy Review to more actively support Taiwan's membership in appropriate international organizations.