Taipei, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) called Saturday for the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) to invite Taiwan to participate in its general assembly this year, stressing that China has no right to represent Taiwan.
Taiwan, officially designated the Republic of China (ROC), was a member state of Interpol until 1984, when the People's Republic of China (PRC) was admitted into the world body. Taiwan decided to withdraw after Interpol sought to change the country's official name from the ROC to "China Taiwan."
Responding to media reports suggesting that Interpol has again declined to invite Taiwan to the annual event, MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee said that "Taiwan is not part of China and the latter has no right to represent the country on the international stage."
Only the democratically elected government of the country can be responsible for the wellbeing of Taiwan's 23 million people, Lee said.
Combating transnational crime has no political boundaries, MOFA said, urging Interpol to uphold a neutral stance and not exclude Taiwan from the international organization due to political interference.
Taiwan's desire to take part in Interpol is right and just and has gained support from its allies and like-minded countries, the ministry said, noting that MOFA will continue to work with the National Police Agency to push for Taiwan's participation.
Established in 1923, Interpol is the world's largest international police organization, with 192 member countries.
According to foreign media reports, the 88th Interpol General Assembly is scheduled to be held in Chile in October.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel