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Foregin minister laments WHO setback, vows to strive on

Foregin minister laments WHO setback, vows to strive on

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs voiced regret late Monday night at the country's failure to join the World Health Organization after the global body refused to place the issue on the agenda of its annual meeting.
MOFA Minister James Huang said he lamented the WHO decision but vowed to fight on until Taiwan gains accession to WHO.
Of the island's 25 diplomatic allies, only 16 voted in favor of discussing Taiwan's membership request.
The foreign ministry said it was disappointed at the result and will try to understand why Costa Rica voted against the debate.
The United State, Japan and other major countries all shied away from backing Taiwan's bid though the former two said they supported the island's meaningful participation in WHO activities.
This marked the 11th time Taiwan tried unsuccessfully to join world health body. In a marked departure from the past decade, the country this year embarked on a bold venture to seek full WHO membership, instead of observer status in the World Health Assembly, the supreme WHO decision-making body.
Toward the end, President Chen Shui-bian personally wrote a letter in April to WHO Secretariat to convey the wish. The secretariat, however, rejected the request, saying Taiwan was not qualified for the application that requires statehood.


Updated : 2021-05-14 10:32 GMT+08:00