Taipei, Aug. 12 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Monday expressed disappointment at the United Nations after it deleted a graphic of flags from countries that recognize same-sex marriage posted a day earlier, rather than change the incorrect labeling of Taiwan as a "province of China."
The U.N. posted the graphic in a Sunday tweet, the same one used by the U.N. Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (U.N. Women) on its Facebook page Aug. 4 before it was removed Saturday.
The flag of the Republic of China (ROC), the official name of Taiwan, appeared in the graphic, but it was referred to as "Taiwan Province of China."
When a post on the U.N.'s official Twitter account Sunday used the same graphic, Taiwan's foreign ministry issued an official protest.
Although the U.N. deleted the post later that same day, the ministry said it was disappointed the U.N. chose to remove the post rather than correctly refer to Taiwan by its official national name, MOFA Spokesperson Joanne Ou (歐江安) said Monday.
However, the ministry did thank the U.N. for being open to the opposing opinions of Taiwan and others in the international community, Ou added.
The ministry called on the U.N. to accept the fact that China and Taiwan do not belong to each other and remain neutral when helping to settle international differences and disputes by promoting peace and encouraging those involved to engage in dialogue and cooperation, Ou said.
The ministry will keep a close watch on developments and continue to communicate with the U.N. through various channels, Ou said, adding that it will also demand the U.N. face the objective fact that the ROC (Taiwan) is a sovereign and independent nation and only Taiwan's elected government can represent the nation's 23 million people in the international community.
The ministry will continue to ask the U.N. and its related organizations not to use an incorrect name that diminishes Taiwan's status in its meeting documents, statistical data and statements on social media and websites, Ou said.
Ou also called on the U.N. to seek appropriate methods to include Taiwan in the U.N. system, saying Taiwan has the ability and willingness to make substantive contributions to the U.N. based on its abundant experience in helping the international community over the past few years.
Taiwan's participation would help the world meet the vision outlined in the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, she added.