Ireland's Senate passes resolution backing Taiwan

12/02/2021 04:40 PM
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London, Dec. 1 (CNA) Ireland's Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution seeking to enhance Dublin's relations with Taipei while also objecting to Beijing's attempts to take over Taiwan by force.

The resolution called on the Irish government to speak out against ongoing and sustained breaches of human rights in the People's Republic of China, as well as support the freedom and liberties of the people of Taiwan.

It also reiterates its view that no force should be used in any attempted unification of China with Taiwan.

The resolution condemns the treatment of the Uyghur population in Xinjiang by Beijing and requests the government to deal with the people and the government of Taiwan on a basis similar to that adopted by most European Union member states, including via the EU's representative office in Taipei.

It also condemns all efforts to isolate the people and government of Taiwan from participation in international organizations.

The resolution was jointly initiated by 17 senators, including Michael McDowell.

According to Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), it is rare for the Irish Senate to pass a resolution concerning Taiwan.

The only two previous times that a resolution concerning Taiwan was passed in the Irish Senate were in 2013 and 2015. The previous one was to support Taiwan's meaningful participation in international organizations and sign an economic cooperation agreement with Taiwan.

The latter calls for an EU-Taiwan Bilateral Investment Agreement, according to MOFA.

Following Wednesday's passage, Taiwan's representative to Ireland, Yang Tzu-pao (楊子葆) thanked the senators over the resolution aiming to enhance closer relations between the two countries, while expressing hope that the two sides will continue to cooperate in various fronts in addressing global challenges.

(By Chen Yun-yu and Joseph Yeh)

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