Around 500 overseas Taiwanese in the United States and a Taiwanese delegation took to the streets Saturday calling for Taiwan's membership in the United Nations ahead of the 71st session of the U.N. General Assembly Sept. 20-26.
It was the 24th such action by Taiwanese civic organizations in the U.S. since former President Lee Teng-hui (???) launched a campaign in 1992 for Taiwan (ROC) to rejoin the United Nations.
This year, the rally was led by the Committee for Admission of Taiwan to the United Nations (CATUN) and the Taiwanese American Council of Greater New York, ahead of the opening of the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York Tuesday.
The rally attracted the highest number of participants in recent years, including many second-generation Taiwanese Americans.
Meanwhile, a 50-member delegation led by Michael Tsai (???), a former defense minister and current head of the Taiwan United Nations Alliance, and New Power Party Legislator Freddy Lim (???), also joined the rally.
The groups marched along 42nd Street to Times Square, shouting slogans such as "UN for Taiwan," and "Keep Taiwan Free" to highlight Taiwan's desire to join the U.N. as a sovereign state, attracting great attention from passers-by and New York police.
Although Taiwan did not submit a formal application for membership to the U.N. this year to avoid negatively impacting cross-Taiwan Strait relations, the government has asked its diplomatic allies to submit a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, stressing the pressing need to include Taiwan in U.N.-affiliated agencies.
The Republic of China (Taiwan) has tried without success to re-enter the U.N. since 1993, after losing its seat to the People's Republic of China in 1971.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel