Statement by DPP Representative Joseph Wu regarding Taiwan's invitation to attend ICAO Assembly

Washington, D.C. Reacting to the announcement last Friday, September 13, that Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) has been invited to attend the upcoming assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), DPP Representative to the U.S. Dr. Joseph Wu expressed his deep thanks to the U.S. Congress and to the State Department for the leading role that each played in bringing about this important step forward for Taiwan’s international participation.

ICAO Council President Roberto Kobeh Gonzalez last week issued an invitation for a delegation from Taiwan led by CAA director general Jean Shen to attend the upcoming Assembly, to be held from September 26 to October in Montreal, Canada, as his special guests.
Although this unique arrangement falls short of the full observer status that Taiwan’s government originally sought, it nevertheless marks the first time in over 40 years that Taiwan has had any representation at ICAO.
“We are very grateful to all of Taiwan’s international friends and allies who have spoken out in support of expanding Taiwan’s presence in international organizations over the years, and in particular for the tireless efforts of the United States government in advocating on our behalf,” stated Dr. Wu. “Bringing Taiwan to the table will help to close a critical gap in the global air traffic safety system.
“We hope that the delegation will be able to participate meaningfully at the assembly, with full access to all of the meetings and events in Montreal. It is the fervent hope of the people of Taiwan that this advancement will lead to a more sustainable presence for Taiwan in international forums in the long run.”