DPP lawmaker pushes MOFA to rebrand overseas offices with word “Taiwan” 綠委籲外交部 積極推動駐外館處更名台灣

As the European Parliament approved to add “Taipei” or “Taiwan” in its offices in Taiwan, a pan-green lawmaker is calling MOFA to do the same for their overseas offices.


Presenter: The European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs recently approved adding "Taipei" or "Taiwan" to the name of the European Union's representative office in Taiwan. A lawmaker is calling on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to form a committee to promote the rectification of overseas office names with the word "Taiwan."##

Taiwan says it will be opening the "Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania" later this year, while the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs recently approved adding "Taipei" or "Taiwan" to the name of the European Union's representative office in Taiwan. Pan-green lawmakers Chiu Chih-wei and Hsu Chih-chieh are calling on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to form an overseas office name rectification committee to promote the rectification of overseas office names with the word "Taiwan."

Chiu Chih-wei, Legislator:”Rectifying the titles of our representative offices with the name "Taiwan" is a national consensus and the Executive Yuan and Legislative Yuan must work together to complete this.”

The ROC currently has 93 overseas offices with over 10 different name formats. There are 52 Taipei Economic and Cultural Offices around the world, along with a number of Taipei Trade Offices and Taipei Commercial and Cultural Offices. Out of the 93, only the one in Somaliland includes the name "Taiwan." The lawmakers say the government should go ahead and change the names of representative offices in Taiwan-friendly countries like Japan and the US.

Joanne Ou, Spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs:”With regards to the rectification of the names of our overseas offices and embassies, the move must be approved by the governments of the countries the offices are in. We will continue to fight for our greatest national rights to deepen friendly, cooperative relationships.”

In response, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs thanked the lawmakers for their suggestions. The ministry also said Taiwan would not accept being undermined in international organizations or competitions with an unofficial name.

 

 

台灣將在立陶宛設立台灣代表處,加上近期歐洲議會外委會表決通過報告,建議歐盟將駐台機構,更名為歐盟駐台辦事處,友台呼聲持續發酵,立委邱志偉及許智傑就共同召開記者會,呼籲外交部盡速成立"駐外館處更名工作小組",積極推動駐外機構更名為台灣。

立法委員 邱志偉:「正名以台灣之名做我們代表處的名稱,我想這是全國的共識也是行政跟立法部門必須要協力完成。」

而根據統計目前駐外機構不包含大使館及領事館,有93處名稱種類超過10種,以台北經濟文化辦事處或代表處最多,來到52處,還有台北貿易或商務文化辦事處,名稱都以台北做為代表。目前僅駐索馬利蘭代表處使用台灣,立委也呼籲友好國家,駐日本與美國代表處,能優先正名使用台灣。

外交部發言人 歐江安:「有關我國的駐外館處更名的事情,這必須要經過駐在國政府的同意,我方會持續爭取我國最大的國家利益來穩健的深化實質友好合作關係。」

外交部回應,駐外館處更名須經駐在國同意,另外在參與國際組織及國際賽事上,也向來主張優先使用我國正式國名或台灣,不接受任何矮化國家地位的名稱。

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