Nation’s Interpol role obstructed

NO INVITATION:Minister of Justice Chiu Tai-san said that Taiwan’s bid for observer status would need to be pushed by supporters, including the United States

Taipei Times
Date: Sep 30, 2016
By: Chen Yu-fu / Staff reporter

Taiwan’s participation at the International Criminal Police Organization’s (Interpol) annual summit in Indonesia in November has been obstructed, the Criminal Investigation Bureau said yesterday.

The bureau has not received an invitation from Interpol and attempts to take part in the summit have “not gone well,” bureau Deputy Director Lu Chun-chang (呂春長) said at a question-and-answer session of the legislature’s Judiciary and Organic Laws and Statutes Committee.

The nation is seeking to attend the summit as an observer, a role that is supported by members of the US Senate and House of Representatives, with US President Barack Obama signing a bill in March ensuring US support for Taiwan’s attendance, Lu said, adding that Taiwan’s diplomatic allies have also attempted to facilitate the nation’s participation.     [FULL  STORY]

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