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Taiwan’s health minister lodges WHO protest

05-19-2011 08:35 AM CET | Health & Medicine

Press release from: Presseabteilung Taipeh Vertretung

By Elaine Hou

Department of Health Minister Chiu Wen-ta lodged a formal complaint with the World Health Organization May 16 over its reference to Taiwan as a province of mainland China in a leaked internal memo.

“Describing Taiwan in such a manner is disrespectful,” Chiu said. “We expect the WHO to take immediate action in correcting its mistake.”

Chiu, who is attending the World Health Assembly in Geneva, made the remarks while presenting a three-page protest letter to WHO Legal Counsel Gian Luca Burci.
In the document, the minister cited WHO Secretary-General Margaret Chan’s memo last September on implementing International Heath Regulations.

Describing the situation as unacceptable, Chiu called on the WHO to follow the WHA in referring to Taiwan as Chinese Taipei in all documentation as a matter of consistency.

In response, Burci agreed to pass the letter along to Chan and praised Taiwan for its contributions and ongoing participation in the assembly.

This year’s WHA, which runs May 16 to 24, represents the third time Taiwan has been invited to participate in the event as an observer.

Taiwan Today, Government Information Office, Republic of China (Taiwan), 17.05.2011

Die Presseabteilung der Taipeh Vertretung mit Sitz in Berlin bietet folgende Dienstleistungen an: Erläuterung der Politik und der Entwicklung der Republik China (Taiwan), Verbreitung von Stellungnahmen und Pressemitteilungen von taiwanischer Seite sowie Beantwortung von Fragen über das Land;
Angebot von Informationsmaterial über Taiwan in deutscher, englischer, und chinesischer Sprache (Broschüren, Filme, Videos, DVDs, Diafilme, CDs);
Anlaufstelle für deutsche Medienvertreter, Angebot von Informationsreisen nach Taiwan für deutsche Journalisten;
Organisation von Veranstaltungen mit dem Ziel, Kontakte zwischen Deutschland und Taiwan zu vertiefen (Vorträge, Seminare, Ausstellungen, Filmfestivals etc.);
Sonstige Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

Presseabteilung Taipeh Vertretung
Markgrafenstraße 35
10117 Berlin
Tel: 030-20361 400
FAx: 030-20361 410
E-Mail: pressetaipeh-berlin@gmx.de

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