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Overseas Taiwanese to rally for Taiwan's membership in U.N.

Overseas Taiwanese to rally for Taiwan's membership in U.N.

New York, Sept. 12 (CNA) Several Taiwanese non-governmental organizations in New York will take to the streets Saturday in support of Taiwan's membership in the United Nations.

It will be the 24th such action by Taiwanese civic organizations in the U.S. since former President Lee Teng-hui launched a campaign in 1992 for Taiwan to rejoin the United Nations.

This year, the rally will be led by the Committee for Admission of Taiwan to the United Nations (CATUN) and the Taiwanese American Council of Greater New York, following the opening of 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.

The groups will assemble at noon Saturday in the square in front of the U.N. building, and will march along 42nd Street to Times Square to highlight Taiwan's desire to join the U.N. as a sovereign state, said Chen Chun-lan, the head of New York Taiwan Center, at a press conference Monday in New York.

Meanwhile, a 50-member delegation led by Michael Tsai, a former defense minister and current head of the Taiwan United Nations Alliance, and New Power Party Legislator Freddy Lim, will head to New York to join the rally, according to Chen.

Tsai has written to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressing Taiwan's eligibility for U.N. membership, citing international law and the Charter of the United Nations, Chen said.

This year, Taiwan's government is encouraging its diplomatic allies to advocate for its meaningful participation in U.N.-affiliated agencies, during the general debate session Sept. 20-26, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Taiwan is also asking its diplomatic allies to submit a letter to Ban, explaining the pressing need to include Taiwan in U.N.-affiliated agencies such as the World Health Organization, the International Civil Aviation Organization, and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the ministry said. (By Timothy Huang and Evelyn Kao)

Updated : 2021-04-24 00:37 GMT+08:00