The Presidential Office said Tuesday that it admired the efforts of civic groups in Taiwan to help promote the country's bid to join the United Nations.
In particular, the Presidential Office made mention of the Taiwan United Nations Alliance (TAIUNA), which said earlier in the day that it was sending a delegation to the United States on Sept. 9 to highlight Taiwan efforts to participate in the U.N., according to Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (???).
"The Presidential Office is aware of and admires such efforts by civic groups," Huang said.
Meanwhile, the leader of the TAIUNA delegation to the U.S., Tsai Ming-hsien (???), said the group's decision followed a recent meeting between him and a senior government official, who said that the support of civic groups was needed to boost Taiwan's bid to join the U.N. and promised to provide assistance to such groups. Tsai declined to identify the government official by name.
The government has been discussing ways of stepping up Taiwan's efforts to gain greater international participation, particularly in the United Nations, which will open the 71st session of its General Assembly in New York on Sept. 13, according to Huang.
The Republic of China (Taiwan) lost its U.N. seat in 1971 and was replaced by the People's Republic of China.
In recent years, the Taiwan's strategy has been to seek meaningful participation in U.N. agencies and to encourage its diplomatic allies to lobby for its inclusion in such agencies.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel