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Subject: Green Party-Taiwan on denial of entry to Ramos-Horta
Date: Sat, 28 Nov 1998 03:04:27 -0500
From: "Henry H. Tan-Tenn" <chenchen@njmsa.umdnj.edu>

[excerpt; unofficial translation]

PRESS RELEASE from Green Party-Taiwan Campaign Headquarter

Date: 11/26/98

Title: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) Should Apologize to East Timorese Nobel Peace Laureate Ramos-Horta, and institute Human Rights White Paper

Regarding the blacklisting and barring of East Timorese Nobel Peace Laureate Jose Ramos-Horta from entry by either MOFA or the Bureau of Entry and Exit, Green Party Coordinator Cheng-Yen Kao said MOFA should represent the Government to issue an official apology to Dr. Ramos-Horta. Moreover, to prevent such international incidents from occurring again, MOFA should seek reform on an institutional or policy level by instituting a diplomacy white paper that sees the inclusion of human rights as part of the training of diplomacy officials. MOFA should also brief the Legislature annually on human rights conditions throughout the world.

Cheng-Yen Kao expressed serious regret over MOFA's blaming the fiasco on poor coordination among the executive departments, and its stubborn refusal to apologize. In liu of an apology from the Government, Green Party/Taiwan is willing to represent Taiwan and all Taiwanese concerned about East Timorese human rights, and apologize to the East Timorese people and to Dr. Ramos-Horta.

[details omitted]

Press Coordinator Chau-Yi Lin (jywang@tpts4.seed.net.tw)

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