St. Kitts and Ne­vis to speak up for Tai­wan at UN

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Prime Min­is­ter of St. Kitts and Ne­vis Ti­mothy Harris said Thurs­day that his coun­try will con­tinue to make the case for Tai­wan’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in agen­cies of the United Na­tions when the the U.N. Gen­eral Assem­bly con­venes next month.

De­scrib­ing his coun­try as “per­haps Tai­wan’s most con­sis­tent and re­li­able friend in the Caribbean re­gion,” Harris said St. Kitts and Ne­vis has pro­vided strong ad­vo­cacy for Tai­wan in all agen­cies of the U.N. and will con­tinue to do so.

“We be­lieve that Tai­wan is very, very im­por­tant to the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and has a wide range of ex­pe­ri­ences to be shared to the ben­e­fit of the en­tire world,” he said in an in­ter­view with CNA.

The story of Tai­wan’s de­vel­op­ment over the past decades can serve as an in­spi­ra­tion to other de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, he added.

He also stressed the im­por­tance of Tai­wan’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, such as the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion and the In­ter­na­tional Civil Avi­a­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion, as well as the U.N. Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change.

It is im­por­tant for Tai­wan and also the rest of the world, he said. For ex­am­ple, many healthcare is­sues are of in­ter­na­tional con­cern, he added.

St. Kitts and Ne­vis es­tab­lished diplo­matic ties with Tai­wan in 1983. It is one of Tai­wan’s 22 diplo­matic al­lies, half of which are in Cen­tral Amer­ica and the Caribbean.

Mean­while, a Tai­wanese for­eign af­fairs of­fi­cial said ear­lier in the day that sev­eral of Tai­wan’s diplo­matic al­lies will ad­vo­cate for Tai­wan’s in­ter­na­tional par­tic­i­pa­tion, dur­ing this year’s ses­sion of the U.N. Gen­eral Assem­bly.

These al­lies will high­light Tai­wan’s will­ing­ness and abil­ity to par­tic­i­pate in in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, said Michael Hsu, di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the Depart­ment of In­ter­na­tional Or­ga­ni­za­tions in the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs.

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