Taiwan blasts Ban Ki-moon for rejecting Taipei's UN admission

Taiwan on Wednesday blasted United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for rejecting Taiwan's latest requests to join the UN, saying Taipei's application should be discussed by the UN General Assembly and not by Ban alone.

Taiwan blasts Ban Ki-moon for rejecting Taipei's UN admission
Taiwan on Wednesday blasted United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for rejecting Taiwan's latest requests to join the UN, saying Taipei's application should be discussed by the UN General Assembly and not by Ban alone.

"Resolution 2758 declared the People's Republic of China (PRC) was the sole legitimate representative of China. It has not mentioned the ROC (Republic of China, Taiwan's title) or Taiwan," Vice President Annette Lu told reporters.

"Taiwan is applying for a UN seat as a new nation, so Ban's remark is totally wrong and unacceptable," she said.

The 62nd UN General Assembly opened in New York on Tuesday and Taiwan, for the 15th consecutive year, has applied for a UN seat.

Sixteen of Taiwan's 24 diplomatic allies have submitted a proposal to the General Assembly to put Taiwan's application on the General Assembly's agenda for debate by the 192 UN members.

The General Assembly's General Committee was expected to reject the proposal Wednesday, but Taiwan's allies will speak out for Taiwan at the General Committee's meeting and during the general debate of the General Assembly.

At Tuesday's news conference prior to the opening of the 62nd UN General Assembly, Ban rejected Taiwan's admission, saying Taipei had no legal basis to join.

"This matter was carefully considered by the secretariat (of the UN) and in light of Resolution 2758, it was not legally possible to receive the purported applications for membership," Ban said in answer to a reporter's question.

Ban said the UN, in line with Resolution 2758, recognizes China as the sole representative of China and he is abiding by that document.

But he also said Taiwan's application should be discussed by UN members.

The UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 2758 in 1971, expelling the Chiang Kai-shek clique - meaning the Republic of China (ROC) on Taiwan - in favour of the People's Republic of China (PRC), the communist regime in Beijing.

Expecting its UN bid to fail again this year, Taiwan is mulling taking its UN case to the International Court of Justice in The Hague and seeking a legal interpretation of Resolution 2758.

When the 62nd UN General Assembly opened on Tuesday, hundreds of Taiwanese staged a sit-in outside the UN headquarters while five aircraft leased by Taiwan belched white smoke in the sky, forming the worlds "UN for Taiwan" in the clear blue sky over New York.

DPA
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