15 Oct 2007

Pacific nations allied to Taiwan repeated call for Taipei to be admitted to UN

6:20 am on 15 October 2007

Six Pacific Island leaders attending the second Taiwan Pacific Allies Summit in the Marshall Islands have called for Taiwan to be granted membership of the United Nations.

One of the six, Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Jr said no country deserves international recognition more than Taiwan.

He called last month's UN decision to reject Taiwan's application for membership "justice delayed," adding that "justice will ultimately prevail."

Nauru is the most recent Pacific nation to switch from recognizing China to Taiwan, a move it carried out in 2005.

Its President Ludwig Scotty said Taiwan should be accepted in the international community as a democratic, peace-loving nation.

And Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Manaseh Sogavare, who is also at the meeting said there was no room for a double standard in dealing with Taiwan.

He promised that the Solomons would continue to campaign at the UN

and World Health Organization for Taiwan membership.

All six of the leaders praised President Chen Shui-bian and his government for the large scale aid provided to their countries.