European Parliament adopts Taiwan resolution

Strassbourg, 12 June 1997

On June 12, 1997 , the European Parliament is Strassbourg, France adopted a Resolution which supported the rights and freedoms of the people in Hong Kong. In the Resolution, the Parliament also included a number of paragraphs in support of Taiwan. Below we present the relevant section:

61. Urges China to develop peaceful relations with the 22 million inhabitants of Taiwan so as to promote stability in the region and calls on it to give a public undertaking that it will not under any circumstances resort to force in its disputes with Taiwan;
62. Calls on the (European) Council (of Ministers) to exert pressure on the People's Republic of China so that it acknowledges Taiwan's need to achieve better representation within international organizations in the fields of human and labor rights, economic affairs, the environment and development cooperation;
63. Requests the (European) Commission to open an information office in Taipei in line with Parliament's resolution;
64. Instructs its president to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the governments of the Member States, the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Chinese National People's Congress.

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