UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed on Tuesday that
Taiwan's bid to apply for UN membership is legally impossible.
Ban made the remarks at a press conference at the UN
headquarters in New York before the opening of 62nd session of the
UN General Assembly.
"In light of Resolution 2758, it is not legally possible to
receive the purported application for membership," the UN chief
said, referring to the application of the Taiwan authorities to
join the United Nations in the name of "Taiwan ."
He reiterated that the world organization recognizes the
People's Republic of China as the only legitimate representative of
China to the United Nations.
"This has been the official position of the United Nations, and
has not been changed since 1971," Ban said.
He pointed out that the question of UN membership would be
discussed by member states with regard to the upcoming meeting of
the general committee which will decide whether or not to include
Taiwan authorities' application into the supplementary items of the
coming session of the General Assembly.
Since 1993, the general committee of the UN General Assembly has
for the 14th consecutive time thwarted Taiwan's attempt to join the
world body composed of sovereign states by rejecting to include
into the agenda of the current session the so-called " question of
the representation of Taiwan in the UN."
However, the Solomon Islands and a very few other countries,
instigated by the Taiwan authorities and in defiance of the
purposes and principles of the UN Charter, have requested on Aug.
14 the issue of the so-called "Taiwan's application for the UN
membership" to be considered in the forthcoming session of the
General Assembly in a blatant attempt to clamor for and create "
(Xinhua News Agency September 19, 2007)