MOFA backs Nicaraguan envoy 'China' remark
By Joseph Yeh ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Nicaraguan foreign minister's remark at the United Nations General Assembly, where he referred to Taiwan as “China, Taiwan,” was made because the diplomatic ally believes “China” stands for “Republic of China (R.O.C.),” a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) official said yesterday.
October 4, 2013, 12:17 am TWN
Catherine Hsu (徐詠梅), deputy head of MOFA's Department of International Organizations, said that as a diplomatic ally of the R.O.C., Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Samuel Santos Lopez used the term “China” during his speech at U.N. as the designation for Taiwan because he believes “China” stood for “R.O.C.,” not People's Republic of China (PRC).
Hsu added Nicaragua has been a strong supporter of Taiwan and that bilateral ties remained solid.
Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Santos Lopez will be leading a delegation to Taiwan soon to participate in the R.O.C.'s upcoming National Day celebrations next week, she noted, saying that the is a perfect example of Nicaragua's support for the R.O.C.
Hsu made the comments in response to the Nicaraguan foreign minister's statement made during the 68th U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 30 in New York.
According to the copy of his speech posted on the U.N.'s website, Santos Lopez said, “Nicaragua continues to support the just aspirations of China-Taiwan for greater participation in the various organizations and specialized agencies of the United Nations.”
Asked to comment, Hsu said yesterday that the contents of Santo Lopez's U.N. address clearly shows said he was referring to the R.O.C. instead of the PRC.
Hsu thanked Nicaragua for its support of Taiwan's participation in global organizations during the U.N. Assembly.
It is a long-standing practice for Taiwan's government to ask its 23 diplomatic allies to speak at the U.N. assembly in favor of enhancing Taiwan's participation in the international community under the U.N.
Nicaragua is one of 16 of Taiwan's diplomatic allies who have spoken up for Taiwan during this year's U.N. Assembly, which ended on Oct. 1, according to Hsu.
Nicaragua Embassy's Response
Asked for comment, the Nicaraguan Embassy in Taiwan yesterday released a statement which quoted Ambassador William Tapia as saying that all diplomatic allies of Taiwan refer to the Republic of China as “China.”
“(R.O.C.) being the only government of China we recognize, which is why our Foreign Minister Samuel Santos Lopez used this term while addressing the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday,” Tapia said in the statement.
“More importantly, our foreign minister will be visiting Taiwan next week, following an invitation by the government of the Republic of China to attend the Double Tenth Day celebrations of the 102nd National Day of the Republic of China,” he said
“His visit is evidence of Nicaragua's close and strong relationship with Taiwan, thus reassuring constant support for Taiwan's participation in the international community,” he added.