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MOFA thanks allies, like-minded partners for backing Taiwan’s Interpol bid

The backing of allies and like-minded partners for Taiwan’s meaningful participation in Interpol is sincerely appreciated by the government and people, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Dec. 4.
According to the MOFA, administrative authorities, law-making bodies, cross-national parliamentary organizations and dignitaries from over 60 countries voiced support for the country’s participation in the international police organization.
Taiwan’s allies sent letters, released official statements and videos, and spoke in support of the country’s engagement during Interpol’s 91st general assembly Nov. 28 to Dec. 1 in Austria, the MOFA said. This was complemented by backing from like-minded partners, as demonstrated in statements by Josep Borrell Fontelles, the EU high representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and remarks by Hanke Bruins Slot, foreign minister of the Netherlands, as well as communiques released following the Group of Seven foreign ministers’ meeting and joint statements released after several foreign and defense ministerial meetings, the ministry added.
In addition, lawmakers and legislative bodies worldwide showed strong support, including those of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Estonia, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Mexico, Poland, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, the Czech Republic, the Philippines and the U.S., as well as the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China.
Equally important, Chou Yew-woei, commissioner of the Criminal Investigation Bureau under the Ministry of the Interior, published an op-ed stressing the importance of jointly tackling new types of transnational crime in international news outlets. The op-ed, the bureau’s promotional video “The Bracelet” posted to the official government social media accounts and advertisements around general assembly host city Vienna stating, “A Safer World, Taiwan Can Help,” were well received by viewers, the ministry said.
Combating transnational crime requires global cooperation, and Interpol must not exclude any stakeholder due to political concerns, the MOFA said. The ministry urged the international body to uphold the principles of professionalism and neutrality and include the country in the global law enforcement network to build a safer world for all.
Established in 1923 and headquartered in France, Interpol is the world’s second-largest intergovernmental organization after the U.N., with 196 member states. It facilitates borderless police cooperation to enhance public safety. (YCH-E)
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