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Swiss court declines to hear Taiwan lawsuit against ISO

Swiss court declines to hear Taiwan lawsuit against ISO

Taipei, Sept. 10 (CNA) A Swiss federal court on Thursday turned down a request by Taiwan to hear a civil suit against the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for referring to Taiwan as a part of China, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
The court decided that although Taiwan has the right to sue the ISO, the request was politically motivated and the matter was not within the court's jurisdiction, the MOFA said in a press release.
In its decision, the Swiss court said that Taiwan has all the elements of statehood and is legally eligible to file a lawsuit against the ISO over an incorrect reference to Taiwan in the ISO country code list, the foreign ministry said.
However, the MOFA said, the court declined to hear the case.
The request was for a civil suit to be heard and it was not politically motivated, the MOFA said, adding that it will continue its efforts to protect Taiwan's legal rights.
The Taiwan government filed the lawsuit against the ISO with a court in Geneva, Switzerland in July 2007, after repeated requests to the organization to change its entry of "Taiwan Province of China" to " Republic of China (Taiwan) " in its country code list.
(By Hseih Chia-chen and Y.L. Kao)