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US House urges Senate to pass Taiwan-into-the-UN Resolution
Washington, 18 October 2000
A prominent member of the US House of representative, Congressman Bob Shaffer (R-CO) today sent a letter to Senate Majority leader Trent Lott, urging him to place H.Con.Res.390 on the agenda of the Senate before the end of the present session.
Congressman Shaffer stated that it was unreasonable for the people of Taiwan to be excluded from full participation in international institutions due to threats from China. He added that the people of taiwan have proved that freedom and democracy are not just American ideals and urged timely passage of this widely-supported resolution.
Below is the full text of the letter:
Dear Leader Lott:
Taiwan's quest for self-determination is something the United States of America has traditionally and consistently supported. With President Chen Shui-bian's free and fair election, Taiwan continues to refine its democracy by improving safeguards for human rights and contributing to the international community.
Unfortunately, Taiwan's efforts to participate in the international organizations have of been thwarted for political reasons beyond Taiwan's control. It is unreasonable for the people of Taiwan to be excluded from full participation in international institutions due to threats from mainland China. Denying Taiwan membership in the United Nations and other international organizations, such as the World Health Organization, obstructs access to important international resources.
On October 3, 2000, the House passed House Concurrent Resolution 390 relating to Taiwan's participation in the United Nations. I believe this important legislation will once again restate our support and our commitment to the progress of Taiwan's democracy.
I request H Con Res. 390 be placed on the Senate calendar in order to insure timely passage of this widely supported resolution. The people of Taiwan have proved that freedom and democracy are not just Amerce ideals; they are universal principles that apply to every individual, to every community end to every nation.
Very truly yours,
Bob Schaffer Member of Congress