Palau women's forum attended for first time by Cabinet spokeswoman

09/19/2018 12:39 PM
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Cabinet spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka (Photo courtesy of Cabinet)
Cabinet spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka (Photo courtesy of Cabinet)

Taipei, Sept. 19 (CNA) Cabinet spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka has become Taiwan's first government spokesperson to attend and speak at the annual Mechesil Belau Conference in Palau since it was first held 25 years ago.

Invited by the queen of Palau, Kolas is visiting the Western Pacific country for the 25th anniversary celebration of the annual conference that brings together the country's female leaders, the Cabinet said in a statement Wednesday.

On the opening day of the conference on Tuesday, Kolas delivered a speech in her capacity as Taiwan's Cabinet spokesperson in which she expressed gratitude to Palau for its staunch support of Taiwan in defiance of power politics and pressure.

Kolas said Taiwan and Pacific island nations have similar languages and cultures and she thanked Palau for its longstanding support of Taiwan despite enormous pressure from China.

Small nations need the same indomitable willpower to defend themselves against invasions from leading powers, Kolas said, and she called on Pacific island nations to join hands in unity and work together.

The Mechesil Belau 25th Silver Anniversary Conference being held from Sept. 18 to 20 is being attended by the queen of Palau, Palau President Tommy E. Remengesau, the United States ambassador to the country, and female representatives from the governments and parliaments of Guam, Saipan, Fiji and the United Nations.

In her 15-minutes speech, Kolas greeted the attendees in the indigenous Amis language and then spoke in English of Taiwan's efforts in promoting a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural nation, according to the Cabinet statement.

Taking herself as an example, Kolas said the government has set a precedent of appointing an indigenous woman as the Cabinet's spokesperson.

(By Ku Chuan and Evelyn Kao)


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