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Taiwan should be included in global bodies: EU

2017-05-12

The European Union (EU) says Taiwan should be included in global bodies where Taiwan has the requisite skills.

 

The EU made a statement in an email dated May 11 when asked by Taiwan’s Central News Agency about its stance on Taiwan’s exclusion from the World Health Assembly (WHA). The WHA’s annual meeting is attended by all WHO member countries and focuses on a specific health agenda each year. This year’s meeting opens in Geneva on May 22.

 

Since 2009, Taiwan has attended the WHA as an observer under the name “Chinese Taipei.” However, the government did not receive a letter of invitation this year. This is understood to be on account of the Chinese government’s boycott of the Tsai Ing-wen administration.

 

An EU official told the Central News Agency that the EU is an observer rather than a member of the"WHO. However, the official said the EU will do its best to work with all parties involved, especially “like-minded" bodies, to seek a practical solution.

 

This is the first time that the EU has expressed a stance on Taiwan’s exclusion from the WHA.

 

According to an AP news report, the WHO has no plans to invite Taiwan to attend this year's WHA meeting because the "agreements between the two sides across the Taiwan Strait" no longer exist. Taiwan's health ministry said it found the decision regrettable, inconceivable and dissatisfactory, adding that a Taiwanese delegation will visit Geneva in late May as scheduled.