Chen asks Nordic nations to back Taiwan

April 28, 2004 at 3:36 PM

TAIPEI, Taiwan, April 28 (UPI) -- Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian asked five Nordic nations to support Taiwan's bid to join the World Health Organization, the Taipei Times reported Wednesday.

"I also expect that our Nordic friends, based on their founding spirit, can assist with Taiwan's bid to enter the WHO and to participate on an equal footing in every international organization," Chen said.

Chen, speaking in a teleconference called "Nordic Conference on Taiwan," also urged the countries to keep the embargo on weapons sales to China, the Taipei Times said.

"I hope that our friends from northern Europe will also lend a hand to Taiwan by asking the EU and its allies not to rashly remove the arms embargo on China before it improves on democratic and human rights issues as well as withdraws its ballistic missiles and military deployments targeting Taiwan," Chen said.

The teleconference gathered about 30 lawmakers from Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden, and Iceland.

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