United Nations Assembly , New York (September 29th, 2018):-St.Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Dr. Hon. Timothy Harris used the platform of the United Nations General on the fourth day of the general assembly, to reiterate St.Kitts-Nevis’ support for Taiwan’s recognition by the United Nations and to be allowed to take part in U.N. activities
In the debate session, Prime Minister Harris told the U.N. Assembly, the U.N. is a “people organization” for all of the people on the planet, including 23 million in Taiwan.
“We strongly believe Taiwan has an important and continuing role to play in international development strategies as they have had great success in technology, agriculture, health and renewable energy,” Harris said. “We advocate that Taiwan be given space to add to the dialogue, progress and well being of the global community.”
The Republic of China forfeited its UN membership in 1971 after the passage of a resolution stating that the People’s Republic of China was the only legitimate representative of China to the international body.
The Republic of China on Taiwan government in 1993 launched an annual campaign to regain its seat in the UN.
In 2007, during the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration of then-president Chen Shui-bian , the government sought UN membership under the name Taiwan, but the campaign failed.
Under the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) administration from 2008 to 2015, the government did not apply to re-enter the UN under the Republic of China name or to apply for new UN membership as Taiwan, instead pursuing meaningful participation in UN-affiliated organizations.
Since taking power in May 2015, the DPP administration has adopted a similar approach to that of the previous KMT government, asking allies to speak out at the general assembly in support of Taiwan’s “meaningful participation.”
St.Kitts-Nevis has been a most loyal and dependable ally of Taiwan for 35 years. Taiwan was the first Country to establish official diplomatic Ties with the Independent Federation of St.Kitts-Nevis back in 1983. The significance of this in terms of the foreign affairs of both countries cannot be overstated. Over the past 35 years, the cultural ties between the two countries have grown increasingly close and strong through many and varied exchanges and interactions.
The general debate of the latest U.N. Assembly will run through Monday.