U.K. parliamentary group voices support for Taiwan's Interpol bid

11/03/2018 12:45 PM
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London, Nov. 2 (CNA) The British-Taiwanese All-Party Parliamentary Group issued a statement Friday, voicing its support for Taiwan's bid to participate in the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) as an observer.

In the joint statement, U.K. Parliamentary Member Nigel Evans and Lord Rogan, deputy speaker in the House of Lords, called for Interpol to invite Taiwan to attend the upcoming Interpol General Assembly scheduled for Nov. 18-21 in Dubai as an observer.

"As the co-chairs of the British-Taiwanese All-Party Parliamentary Group, we have for many years supported Taiwan's meaningful participation in international organizations where Taiwan can make concrete contributions, including INTERPOL," Evans and Rogan said.

Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau Commissioner Tsai Tsan-po (蔡蒼柏) sent a letter to Interpol in September requesting that the CIB be allowed to participate as an observer in the upcoming general assembly and in the organization's activities.

On Oct. 18, however, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Interpol's General Secretariat has officially notified Taiwan of its decision to reject the request, citing a 1984 resolution recognizing the government of the People's Republic of China as the sole representative of China to Interpol.

The Republic of China used to be an Interpol member country, but since China was admitted into the organization in 1984 and planned to change the name of the ROC into "China, Taiwan," Taipei decided to withdraw from the group.

"We were dismayed to learn that Taiwan has yet to be invited to participate in the upcoming 87th INTERPOL General Assembly in Dubai as an observer due to unnecessary political considerations. We believe this will in turn obstruct the collective interests of the international community," Evans and Rogan said in the statement.

The two U.K. lawmakers cited Article 2 of Interpol's Constitution as saying the organization has a goal to ensure and promote the widest possible mutual assistance between all criminal police authorities so the establishment of a reliable and seamless global security network is a must.

"To this end, the cooperation of police agencies from all over the world is needed, and Taiwan's presence is essential to the realization of this objective," the two co-chairs said.

The statement said Taiwan has a population of 23.50 million, serves as the 22nd largest economy and the 17th largest exporters in the world and positions itself as a hub connecting Northeast and Southeast Asia for the movement of capital, goods, and people with about 66 million passengers traveling through it last year.

"Taiwan's ability in sharing international security intelligence and combating cross-border crime would contribute to the global security and counter terrorism efforts," the statement said.

Evans and Rogan urged Interpol to allow Taiwan to gain access to Interpol's criminal databases through the organization's I-24/7 Global Police Communications System to ensure Taiwan "has the ability and up-to-date knowledge to implement security checks at its borders and fight terrorism, human trafficking, and other transnational crimes."

The two U.K. lawmakers said Taiwan's meaningful participation in Interpol is expected to fill the gap in the global security network and create a safer world.

Meanwhile, ROC Representative to Britain David Lin (林永樂) expressed gratitude to the British-Taiwanese All-Party Parliamentary Group for its strong support of Taiwan's participation in international organizations.

(By Tai Ya-chen and Frances Huang)


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