MOFA continues to push for participation in IMRF
By Joseph Yeh ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday said that it has continued to work with related government agencies in a joint push to boost Taiwan's participation in the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF).
October 23, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
MOFA spokeswoman Anna Kao (高安) said that the MOFA and the Cabinet-level Coast Guard Administration (CGA) have been working closely together for a period of time to push for Taiwan's accession to the IMRF, a non-governmental organization that unites and represents the world's operational marine rescue services.
“This is an ongoing process and our representative offices in England and Australia have set the task as one of their top priorities,” she said.
Kao made the comments in response to an opposition lawmaker's allegation on Monday that pressure from China has prevented Taiwan's CGA from joining the IMRF.
During a legislative session on Monday, Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) said that Taiwan has been pushing to join the organization since 2011 under the name of the CGA.
But Beijing, a member of the IMRF, later pressured the organization, saying that Taiwan can only join the IMRF under the name of Taipei, China, a degrading name that implies that Taiwan is part of China.
Asked to comment, Kao downplayed the pressure from China, saying that the MOFA and CGA are still pushing for Taiwan's inclusion in the NGO.
But she also noted that the issue of what name should Taiwan use to participate in the organization has yet to be broached.
Kao stressed that the R.O.C. will uphold its sovereignty and reject China's insistence that it join the IMRF under the name Taipei, China.