Senators Call For Taiwan’s Full WHO Membership

For Immediate Release
Washington DC – July 13, 2007
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Senators Call For Taiwan’s Full WHO Membership

In a letter dated July 11, eight senators, led by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) called upon the Administration to support Taiwan’s full membership in the World Health Organization.

Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Trent Lott (R-MS – co-chair Senate Taiwan Caucus), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), Tim Johnson (D-SD – co-chair Senate Taiwan Caucus), Tom Coburn (R-OK), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Jon Tester (D-MT) conclude: “It is in America’s best interest to ensure that Taiwan is a full member of the WHO.”

Senator Brown was one of the founders and co-chairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus when he was a House member and has been promoting Taiwan’s WHO campaign in the U.S. for the past decade.

Additionally, the Senators urge the Administration “to make a concerted effort in building a coalition of like-minded nations – in particular the member states of the European Union – in support of Taiwan’s membership.”

Regarding the memorandum of understanding the Chinese have concluded with the WHO, the Senators write: “The Administration must be very clear that it will not accept any memorandum of understanding (MOU) between China and the WHO regarding the exclusion of Taiwanese medical experts.  It is essential that there will be no overt or covert MOU between the WHO and China regarding the implementation of the International Health Regulations, which will enter into force on June 15th 2007.”

FAPA President CT Lee, M.D. says: “Taiwan is currently the only missing link in the chain of WHO members in the Pacific that are currently under direct threat of SARS, birdflu, TB and/or other viral strains of disease. Therefore, Taiwan can and must no longer be left out of the WHO. Taiwan’s full membership in the WHO is not only in the interest of Taiwan’s 23 million people, it is in the interest of the rest of the world. It is common sense!”


在參議員布朗(Sherrod Brown, D-OH)的領銜下,八位美國聯邦參議員於7月11日聯署致函行政部門,呼籲美國政府支持台灣成為世衛會員國。

這八位議員分別是民主黨籍的俄亥俄州參議員布朗、台灣連線共同主席羅特(Trent Lott, R-MS)與強森(Tim Johnson, D-SD),重量級民主黨參議員舒默(Charles Schumer, D-NY)與李柏曼(Joseph Lieberman, D-CT),共和黨的奧克拉荷馬州參議員柯柏(Tom Coburn, R-OK),喬治亞州的艾薩克議員(Johnny Isakson,  R-GA)以及蒙大拿州的特斯特(Jon Tester, D-MT)參議員。其中,布朗參議員曾為眾議院台灣連線發起人與共同主席之一,也是推動美國支持台灣世衛參與的主要推手。



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