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Taiwan soliciting support for observer status in U.N. agencies

2012/08/21 13:10:26

Taipei, Aug. 21 (CNA) Taiwan is seeking support from its allies at the upcoming meeting of the United Nations General Assembly for its bid to gain observer status in two of the body's affiliated organizations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday.

"We will ask our allies to speak up for Taiwan's bid," Kelly Hsieh, director-general of the ministry's Department of International Organizations, said at a routine press conference.

Taiwan, which is not a U.N. member, has been lobbying to take part in the International Civil Aviation Organization and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as an observer for years.

"This is a process that requires continuing effort," Hsieh acknowledged.

As was the case last year, Hsieh said the government will again ask its 23 diplomatic allies to speak up for Taiwan's participation in the two organizations during the General Assembly's General Debate scheduled for Sept. 25.

A total of 18 allies spoke up for Taiwan last year, but Hsieh said he was not sure for the moment how many would publicly support Taiwan this year.

The 67th regular session of the U.N. General Assembly will open at its headquarters in New York Sept. 18.

(By Nancy Liu)