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China: Taiwan not qualified to join UN

Source: PTI
September 14, 2005 12:39 IST
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China asked Taiwan on Wednesday to give up its attempts for independence and claimed that the island was not 'qualified' whatsoever to be a member of the United Nations, which is made up of sovereign nations.

"The Taiwan authorities should stop all secessionist activities and come back to the one-China principle," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said, while reacting to UN's rejection of a proposal seeking Taiwan's representation in the world body.

Qin said that Taiwan, as part of China, is not 'qualified' whatsoever to join the UN. The general committee of the 60th Session of the UN General Assembly refused to take up Taiwan's membership proposal on the agenda of the session.

Since 1993, the Taiwanese authorities have annually asked a small handful of countries to raise such proposals to the UN General Assembly, but all those proposals ended in failure, the spokesman noted.

Any actions breaching the tenet of the UN Charter and the Resolution 2758 of the UN General Assembly, or challenging the one-China principle universally acknowledged by the international community, will absolutely not be supported by the vast majority of UN member countries, Qin said.

The peaceful reunification of China complies with the fundamental interests of all Chinese, including the compatriots in Taiwan, Qin said. "The Chinese government, with greatest sincerity, has been making utmost efforts to strive for the peaceful unification," he said.

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