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MOFA appreciates Netherlands motion supporting Taiwan’s entry to global bodies

A motion passed April 18 by the Netherlands’ House of Representatives which urged its government to support Taiwan’s participation in international organizations is sincerely appreciated by the government and people, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The friendly motion was jointly proposed by cross-party members Jan Patternote of the Democrats 66 party (D66), Kati Piri of the GreenLeft/Labour Party (GL/PvdA) and Ruben Brekelmans of the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), the ministry added.

The proposal called for the Netherlands government to urge other member nations of the European Union to assist Taiwan’s entry into international bodies such as the International Civil Aviation Organization, the International Criminal Police Organization, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the World Health Organization and to speak for Taiwan’s participation.

The motion stated that Taiwan is entitled to a meaningful role in various mechanisms and that it is also in the Netherlands’ interest for Taiwan to be included. It followed two other motions passed in July 2023 by the Netherlands’ House of Representatives, which called on the government to deepen cybersecurity cooperation with Taiwan and to take preventative measures to deter China from unilateral attempts to change the status quo in the Taiwan Strait, signifying firm support from the Netherlands parliament for Taiwan. 

The MOFA said that Taiwan and the Netherlands share universal values of freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rules of law. Taiwan will continue to collaborate with Netherlands and other like-minded countries to contribute to global health cooperation, welfare and sustainable prosperity. (POC-E)

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