13 of 15 diplomatic allies voice support for Taiwan at U.N.

Nicaragua's foreign minister has spoken up in support of Taiwan's inclusion in the United Nations system on the last day of the general debate Monday, the 13th and final diplomatic ally of Taiwan to do so at this year's U.N. General Assembly.

Toward the end of his 24-minute address, Denis Moncada said it was essential to apply the "principle of universality" on humanitarian grounds amid the ongoing pandemic so that Taiwan can participate in the corresponding mechanisms and meetings under the U.N. system.

Nicaragua was the 13th diplomatic ally among the 15 Taiwan currently has worldwide to voice its support for Taiwan's inclusion in the U.N. system during the U.N. General Assembly's 76th session in New York.

The number was the highest since 2017, when 15 of Taiwan's then total 20 diplomatic allies spoke up in support of Taiwan at that year's general debate.

The only two allies that did not speak up on behalf of Taiwan at the General Assembly meeting were Honduras and the Holy See.

President Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras did not mention Taiwan in his address at the U.N. on Wednesday, marking the sixth consecutive year that the Central American ally did not do so during the annual event.

Instead, Honduras annually sends a letter to the U.N. secretary-general to support Taiwan's participation in the U.N. system.

Meanwhile, the Holy See, Taiwan's only diplomatic ally in Europe, is not a U.N. member but an observer and rarely speaks on political issues during U.N. related meetings.

Taiwan also received indirect support from countries that do not have formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan at the U.N.

Japan's outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said in his U.N. speech Saturday that there should not be a "geographical blank space" when the world deals with issues at the World Health Assembly (WHA) as all countries and regions should be able to share relevant knowledge in a free and transparent fashion.

The "geographical blank space" is the phrase Japanese officials often use in referring indirectly to Taiwan at international events, and Suga's address was therefore seen as supporting Taiwan's participation in the WHA, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization, a U.N. specialized agency for health.

Taiwan, officially called the Republic of China, left the U.N. in 1971 when the People's Republic of China took its place, and has since been excluded from participation in the General Assembly and the U.N.'s special agencies.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel