U.S. respects Taiwan's U.N. bid: MOFA

Taipei, Sept. 13 (CNA) The United States has expressed understanding and respect for Taiwan's efforts to participate in international organizations, including the United Nations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.

The government has maintained constant dialogue with Washington on issues regarding Taiwan's international participation, Christine Hsueh, head of the MOFA's Department of North American Affairs, said at a regular news briefing.

On bids by some Taiwanese non-governmental organizations to promote membership for Taiwan in the United Nations, Hsueh said Washington fully understands that Taiwan is a democratic society and respects such voices among people in Taiwan.

Asked if Washington has voiced any opinions on Taiwan's plan to have its diplomatic allies write to the United Nations in support of its participation, she said the U.S. government appreciates the contributions and efforts by Taiwan's 23 million people to involve themselves in the international community.

The 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly is scheduled to open Sept. 13 in New York.

This year, Taiwan is planning to ask its diplomatic allies to speak up for its meaningful participation in U.N.-affiliated agencies during the general debate that will run from Sept. 20 to Sept. 26, according to the MOFA.

Taiwan will also request its diplomatic allies to extend a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to explain the pressing need to include Taiwan in U.N.-affiliated agencies, such as the World Health Organization, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the ministry said.

According to the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York, the letter will be delivered to Ban after it is signed by the U.N. permanent representatives of Taiwan's diplomatic allies. (By Tang Pei-chun, Huang Chao-ping and Y.F. Low)

Updated : 2021-01-28 17:45 GMT+08:00