UK parliamentary group voices support for Taiwan Interpol participation

Taiwan APPG calls for Taiwan to participate in Interpol, contribute to international crime efforts

File photo: Interpol headquarters in Lyon, France.

File photo: Interpol headquarters in Lyon, France. (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The British-Taiwanese All-Party Parliamentary Group (Taiwan APPG) issued a statement on Nov. 2 voicing support for Taiwan to participate as an observer at the 87th General Assembly of Interpol in the United Arab Emirates later this month.

Taiwan APPG said that Taiwan’s involvement in Interpol is essential to help the international police agency to do its job as outlined in its constitution, and to “fill the gap in the global security network.”

On Oct. 18, Interpol rejected Taiwan’s bid to participate in the 87th General Assembly of Interpol during Nov. 18-21 as an observer, on the grounds of a 1984 resolution that stipulates only the PRC could represent China at the organization.

Taiwan APPG said they were “dismayed” to learn that Taiwan was not invited to attend the upcoming Interpol General Assembly “due to unnecessary political considerations.”

Taiwan is a hub connecting capital, goods, and people in Northeast and Southeast Asia, reckoned Taiwan APPG, who argue that Taiwan can contribute to intelligence sharing and the fight against terrorism.

Taiwan APPG also called for Taiwan to be able to use the I-24/7 Global Police Communications System to ensure Taiwan’s boarders are secure, and to help fight transnational crime, human trafficking, and terrorism.

The I-24/7 system is used by Interpol to share police records and coordinate action by the international police agency. Interpol previously said that the I-24/7 system is reserved for member states.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs thanked Taiwan APPG in a tweet for their support.

Both Germany and the U.S. voiced support for Taiwan to participate in the international community including Interpol, last month.