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Taiwan Fails To Get on U.N. Agenda

September 15, 1998

UNITED NATIONS (AP) _ Taiwan and its allies again failed to get the issue of the island’s status on the U.N. agenda, dashing Taiwan’s hopes of representation in the world body for at least another year.

China strongly opposes United Nations representation for Taiwan, which it considers a renegade province.

A U.N. General Assembly committee decided not to include the item on its agenda after a marathon meeting Friday that included comments from 56 speakers, U.N. spokeswoman Jadranka Mihalic said Monday.

The Taiwanese government lost its U.N. seat in 1971 when the United Nations accepted the communist government in Beijing as the sole representative of the Chinese people.

For years, Taiwan and its friends have tried and failed to have the decision put back on the agenda.

Eleven countries led by Nicaragua had asked that the status of Taiwan be considered on the General Assembly’s agenda.

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