Statement by H. E. Stafford Neil
Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations
In the General Committee Regarding the Inclusion of an Item on the Agenda of the 59th Session of the United Nations General Assembly
on the Question of the Representation of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
in the United Nations
New York, September 15, 2004
The provisions of the United Nations Charter call for respect for the principles of territorial integrity and sovereignty as well as non-interference in the internal affairs of States and we should avoid any action which undermines these principles.
With regard to the issue of the representation of China at the United Nations, Jamaica considers that the matter has been definitively settled by General Assembly Resolution 2758 of the 26th Session which makes clear that the People’s Republic of China is the only legitimate and recognised representative of the People of China and recognises a policy of one-China.
Jamaica will therefore not support the consideration of the proposed item on the representation of Taiwan in the United Nations and we are opposed to its inclusion to the Agenda of the 59th Session of the General Assembly.