Monday, 24 September 2007 11:12 AM

Solomon Islands Supports Taiwan's Bid to Join UN

Solomon Islands, in supporting the inclusion of the Republic of China or Taiwan in the United Nations, have called on the General Committee to examine the Taiwanese application objectively.

Representative of Solomon Islands at the United Nations, Collin Beck, said the issue of Taiwan was never discussed in the General Assembly since the Cold War era, which means the cold war ideologies remain to haunt the Assembly.

In a statement, Mr. Beck said since the inception of the United Nations 63 years ago, Taiwan had existed as a state with a defined territory, population and diplomatic ties with some countries around the globe which satisfies international laws.

He said the "right thing to do" for countries of the U-N who want to challenge this is to put it on the agenda of the United Nations General Assembly.

Mr. Beck said Taiwan has complied with the principles of the United Nations such as being friendly to all states big or small.

He adds that Taiwan is a member of other international bodies such as the World Trade organisation, Asia Development Bank, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation and other international bodies.

He said Taiwan is a separate state from Mainland China because travelers need to have Taiwanese visa to enter the country and it has embassies in some countries around the world.

Mr Beck said Solomon Islands support the resolution which urges the Security Council to process Taiwan's membership application to be included in the U-N General Assembly agenda.

The UN General Assembly on Friday upheld the General Committee's decision to exclude the Taiwan membership issue from the agenda of its 62nd session opening this week.
This is despite efforts by 14 of Taiwan's diplomatic allies seeking a reversal of the decision, who spoke up to challenge the committee's recommendation not to consider an item endorsed by 16 of Taiwan's allies.

The allies included Belize, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Gambia, Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Palau, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Solomon Times, Sao Tome and Principe, Swaziland and Tuvalu.

In their debate, Taiwan's allies urged the Security Council to process Taiwan's membership application in accordance with due procedure.

China, in turn, mobilized 141 member states to speak against including the item on the agenda.

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