Taiwanese Minister of Foreign Affairs James C.F. Huang criticized the UN decision as procedurally flawed [press release, in Chinese], saying that the UN General Assembly was not given an opportunity to decide the application and asserting that Resolution 2758 did not prohibit member state status for Taiwan. The latest application was the first attempt by the Taiwanese government to apply under the name of Taiwan. The Taiwanese presidency said last month that it planned to proceed with a national referendum [JURIST report] on whether Taiwan should attempt to rejoin the UN. A spokesman said Tuesday that efforts to hold the referendum would go ahead as planned. AP has more.
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