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Taiwan deserves U.N. membership: former U.S. diplomat

2012/06/07 17:24:37

Taipei, June 7 (CNA) Taiwan should have membership in the United Nations since it is a fully functioning state, a former United States diplomat said Thursday.

Taiwan, with a functioning government, territory and sizable economy, is no doubt qualified to join the U.N., said John Bolton, who served as the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. under the Republican administration.

"I've believed for a long time that Taiwan should have full state membership in organizations in the U.N. system," he said before a closed door meeting with Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Chairman Su Cheng-chang.

He also called on Washington to support Taipei's bid to re-enter the international body because "it's in the U.S. interest."

Taiwan exited the U.N. in 1971 after the People's Republic of China was admitted into the organization.

"It's something the U.S. should be prepared to support ... For good or ill, Taiwan is only going to succeed fully if the United States supports it," he said.

Su, who won the DPP chairmanship last month, said he is particularly interested in Bolton's views on Taiwan's relations with China and other countries in the region.

Liu Shih-chung, director of DPP's Department of International Affairs, said at a press conference after the meeting that various issues were discussed in the "strategic dialogue."

Bolton and Su two exchanged opinions on the DPP's cross-Taiwan Strait policies, Taiwan-U.S. relations and the U.S.' policy to pivot toward the Asia-Pacific, Liu said.

(By Nancy Liu)