Mr. Kofi Annan
New York, NY 10017
Dear Secretary General Annan:
I wish to request your support for an issue that is close to the
heart of many people around the world. This is the matter of U. N.
membership for Taiwan.
The twenty-three million people of Taiwan currently have no voice in
the U.N. They strongly desire to be represented in this world
organization. As a country, Taiwan has a defined territory, a
peace-loving population and an effective government. According to
Article 4, Chapter II of the U.N. Charter, admission of Taiwan to
membership of U.N. should be most worthy of consideration by the General
Assembly and the Security Council.
Yet Taiwan's international status presently still hangs in limbo. The
people of Taiwan want their country to be a free, democratic and
independent nation, just like all other nations in Asia and Africa which
gained their independence after World War II under the auspices of the
newly-formed United Nations. However, until now we have been denied full
membership in the international community, and we were subjected to
Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek's martial law, which lasted from 1948
through 1987, the longest martial law in modern history.
But over the past ten years the Taiwanese people have achieved
democracy, and there is no doubt that, once admitted, Taiwan is able and
willing to carry out the obligations stipulated in the U.N. Charter. In
fact, as a free and prosperous country, Taiwan has much to contribute to
the peace and security of the Western Pacific.
Secretary General Annan, I strongly urge you to expedite the
inclusion of Taiwan in The U.N. as a full and equal member. Thank you
for your assistance.