U.S. reaffirms support for Taiwan’s Interpol participation

The United States is committed to supporting Taiwan's meaningful participation in international organizations such as the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) and the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the U.S. State Department reaffirmed Wednesday.

"We remain committed to supporting Taiwan's meaningful participation in Interpol," U.S. State Department spokesman John Corby said.

He said that the U.S. is also committed to supporting Taiwan's participation in the COP 22, referring to the 22nd session of the conference of parties to the UNFCCC in Morocco.

International security, transnational crime and climate change are issues of global importance and require cooperation from all nations, he said.

"In keeping with our 'one China policy,' we support Taiwan's participation in international organizations that do not require statehood," he said.

"In organizations that require statehood for membership, we support Taiwan's meaningful participation," he added.

A U.S. senator issued a statement a day earlier in support of Taiwan's participation in Interpol.

"As we approach the 85th International Criminal Police Organization General Assembly, it is imperative Taiwan is granted observer status to this organization," Cory Gardner, (R-CO), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relation Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific and International Cybersecurity Policy said.

"Taiwan's exclusion heightens the risk of terrorism, which is why I have been a strong advocate for them being admitted into Interpol," he said.

U.S. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, a co-chair of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, also issued a statement that day in support of Taiwan's participation.

He noted that Taiwan's participation in Interpol has been limited and that without sufficient access to Interpol law enforcement databases, "Taiwan and the rest of world are left vulnerable to criminal activity."

"Next summer, 9,000 athletes from 170 counties are expected to gather in Taiwan for the 2017 Summer Universiade. Providing Taiwan access to Interpol's databases is critical to ensure the safety of all attendees," he said.

Taiwan was forced to withdraw from Interpol in 1984, when China joined the organization.

Both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed a bill in March requiring the U.S. secretary of state to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan in Interpol. The bill was signed into law by President Barack Obama.

But Foreign Minister David Lee said recently that there has been no confirmation that Taiwan will be able to attend the Nov. 7-10 Interpol general assembly in Bali, Indonesia.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel