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Nation opposes 'Taiwan in UN' move
(China Daily)
Updated: 2005-08-17 05:52

Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Wang Guangya expressed China's firm opposition to the request by several countries to consider the "Taiwan participation in the UN" issue at the upcoming session of the General Assembly.

China's UN ambassador Wang Guangya reiterated his country's opposition to any hasty expansion of the UN Security Council, saying a new deadline of the end of the year urged by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan was not appropriate. [Reuters]
Wang branded the requests "a gross encroachment on China's internal affairs."

In the letter addressed to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Monday, Wang said that the UN is an intergovernmental organization composed of sovereign states. As a part of China, Taiwan is not eligible to participate in the UN and its specialized agencies.

Chad and a very few other countries have addressed two letters to Annan, requesting the issue of "Taiwan participation in the United Nations" to be considered at the upcoming session of the General Assembly. They also requested the consideration of "a proactive role of the United Nations in maintaining peace in the Taiwan Straits."

Criticizing such a move as a "brazen violation" of the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations and in defiance of General Assembly resolution 2758, Wang said the Chinese Government and people strongly condemned and opposed such a gross encroachment on China's internal affairs.

"Taiwan is a part of China's territory and it has never been a country. There is only one China in the world, and China's sovereignty and territorial integrity brook no division," Wang said in the letter.
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