Tue. Oct 22nd, 2019

Palau joins other nations in urging UN to recognize Taiwan

President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. has joined other nations in urging the United Nations (UN) to include Taiwan in its system during his address at the general debate of the 73rd Session of the General Assembly of the UN in New York on September 26.

Remengesau, in the latter part of his address, urged the UN to include Taiwan in all its process including that of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) after he began talking about Taiwan as Palau’s long-time ally and partner in achieving the country’s sustainable development goals.

“My government firmly believes that Taiwan’s inclusion in the UN system will greatly benefit the UN’s work and its sustainable development agenda towards 2030 and beyond,” Remengesau said.

According to Remengesau, Taiwan’s friendship and partnership with Palau is evident in its infrastructure investment and continued assistance in health and education.

Kiribati, Nauru, and The Kingdom of eSwatini had also voiced out their support for Taiwan’s inclusion in the UN. The day earlier, President Mario Abdo Benitez of Paraguay and Hilda Heine, President of the Marshall Islands had also reportedly spoke up for Taiwan’s “meaningful participation in the UN.”

The UN states that membership to the organization “is open to all peace-loving States that accept the obligations contained in the United Nations Charter and, in the judgment of the Organization, are able to carry out these obligations”.

A state can be admitted as a member in the UN by decision of the General Assembly and upon recommendation of the Security Council. Any substantive resolution, however, cannot be adopted if one of the permanent members of the UN, which includes China, voted against the application. China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America hold a “veto power” as permanent members of the UN.

China considers Taiwan as a breakaway province awaiting reunification with the mainland. Taiwan, however, considers itself as an independent country.

The UN currently recognizes 195 sovereign states in which Taiwan is not a part of. Two of these are considered as Observer States.

Prior to the UN General Assembly, Taiwan had asked its diplomatic allies to urge for its participation in UN-related events, the Focus Taiwan reported.

The same news outfit also reported that the allies’ permanent representatives to the UN were also asked to write a joint letter to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres which asked the latter to resolve the exclusion of Taiwan’s 23-Million people from the UN.

The 73rd Session of the General Assembly of the UN in New York runs until October 1. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)