Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan) thanks al­lies for UN sup­port

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The gov­ern­ment of the Repub­lic of China (Tai­wan) has ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the 15 diplo­matic al­lies that have writ­ten to UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral An­tónio Guter­res in sup­port of Tai­wan's par­tic­i­pa­tion in the UN sys­tem.

The joint and in­di­vid­ual let­ters from al­lies echoed Tai­wan's three main goals for this year's UN cam­paign. Urg­ing the UN to in­clude Tai­wan in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment and to as­sist Tai­wan in tak­ing part in the UN sys­tem, the let­ters said Tai­wan's ex­clu­sion from the sys­tem rep­re­sents a vi­o­la­tion of the UN Char­ter's prin­ci­ple of uni­ver­sal­ity, as well as the call to leave no one be­hind con­tained in the 2030 Agenda.

They also pointed out the UN Sec­re­tariat's er­ror in cit­ing 1971's Gen­eral Assem­bly Res­o­lu­tion 2758 to de­mand that Tai­wanese show a travel per­mit is­sued by the main­land China au­thor­i­ties in or­der to en­ter UN premises, and stated that such prac­tices dis­crim­i­nate against the peo­ple of Tai­wan and rep­re­sent an un­ac­cept­able con­tra­ven­tion of the UN's pur­suit of equal­ity and free­dom. In fact, this res­o­lu­tion did not ad­dress the is­sue of the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of Tai­wan and its peo­ple in the UN, nor did it give main­land China the right to rep­re­sent the peo­ple of Tai­wan within the UN and its spe­cial­ized agen­cies.

Given that in­clu­sive­ness and global part­ner­ships are the only means of ef­fec­tively ad­dress­ing global chal­lenges, the UN sec­re­tary-gen­eral should ar­range for and as­sist in Tai­wan's par­tic­i­pa­tion in the UN sys­tem, al­low­ing Tai­wan to ob­tain the sta­tus and op­por­tu­ni­ties it should rightly en­joy, so that it can make mean­ing­ful con­tri­bu­tions to hu­man well­be­ing.

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