Wednesday, December 10, 2003

The UN & Taiwan

The editorial in today's Taipei Times sums up the UN's position with regards to Taiwan:
Beijing has never implemented democratic politics but instead has repeatedly trampled on human rights. Now one of its leaders is at the UN, which passed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in December 1948, and is vociferously attacking the democratic reforms being carried out by the people of Taiwan in accordance with the basic spirit of that declaration. Such a scene flies in the face of the UN's raison d'etre and is a blow to its dignity.
The President of Taiwan cannot address the UN as China will not allow it. The best that Taiwan can do is "slip a cabinet minister" into a UN sponsored meeting.