US con­gress­men backs Interpol ob­server sta­tus

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A pro-Tai­wan mem­ber of the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives on Thurs­day in­tro­duced leg­is­la­tion that would pro­mote Tai­wan’s par­tic­i­pa­tion as an ob­server in the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Po­lice Or­ga­ni­za­tion (Interpol).

The leg­is­la­tion, led by Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), chair­man of the Sub­com­mit­tee on Asia and the Pa­cific, will re­quire the U.S. pres­i­dent to de­velop a strat­egy to ob­tain ob­server sta­tus for Tai­wan in Interpol.

Specif­i­cally, it re­quires an of­fi­cial re­quest for ob­server sta­tus for Tai­wan, ac­tive urg­ing of mem­ber states to as­sist in the ef­fort, and a sta­tus re­port to Congress, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased by Salmon.

“Tai­wan’s ob­server sta­tus would pro­mote sta­bil­ity and se­cu­rity in the Asia Pa­cific re­gion and as­sist Tai­wan in pro­tect­ing the safety of its cit­i­zens by com­bat­ing crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity through ac­cess to Interpol’s global po­lice com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tems,” Salmon said.

Tai­wan used to be a full mem­ber of Interpol but was re­moved in 1984, when the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China suc­cess­fully ap­plied for membership.

At present, Tai­wan re­lies on sec­ond­hand in­for­ma­tion from the United States and other coun­tries and is un­able to share in­for­ma­tion about crim­i­nals with mem­ber coun­tries, Salmon noted.

“With the rise in ter­ror­ism through­out the globe, not al­low­ing Tai­wan in­de­pen­dent and easy ac­cess to Interpol is an un­nec­es­sary and danger­ous risk,” he said.

The co-spon­sors of the bill in­clude Ed Royce (R-CA), Eliot En­gel (D-NY) and Brad Sher­man (D-CA).

In a state­ment, Royce, chair­man of House For­eign Af­fairs Com­mit­tee, ex­pressed con­fi­dence that the leg­is­la­tion will move through the com­mit­tee.

He pointed out that Tai­wan is the United States’ 10th largest trad­ing part­ner and a top 20 world econ­omy, which means that a large num­ber of peo­ple and goods are tran­sit­ing through Tai­wan ev­ery day.

“Vis­i­tors to Tai­wan and the Tai­wanese peo­ple de­serve ac­cess to the safety and law en­force­ment in­fra­struc­ture the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity has built through or­ga­ni­za­tions like Interpol,” he said.

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