Friday, June 08, 2007

Taiwan criticizes Costa Rica for severing ties

Taiwanese Foreign Minister James Huang speaks to media after Costa Rica announced it was severing ties with the island and creating diplomatic ties with mainland China, Thursday, June 7, 2007, in Taipei, Taiwan. Huang offered to resign to take responsibility for the loss. (AP Photo)(China Post) - The Embassy of Taiwan in Costa Rica hotly criticized the decision to establish diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China, and announced the immediate end of all cooperation programs with the Central American country.

In a press release, the Taiwanese diplomats did not hide their rage. Taiwan's embassy in Costa Rica on Wednesday lodged a strong protest over the government's "extremely unfriendly" move of switching recognition to Beijing.

"The Costa Rican government should bear the responsibility and all consequences for betraying the 63-year-long friendship with Taiwan," the embassy said in a written statement.

Taiwan will close down its embassy in Costa Rica, terminate all aid projects for the Central American nation and recall its technical corps there, continued the statement.

In the meantime, President Oscar Arias said steps are being taken to fund several major projects which Taiwan was to develop, including the construction of a new road to San Carlos and the revamping of Calderon Guardia Hospital, which was burned down four years ago.

Taiwan's Foreign Minister James C.F. Huang (pictured) called the move by President Oscar Arias" contrary to the national spirit of Costa Rica."

Huang said during a news conference that Costa Rica signed a joint communique on the establishment of diplomatic relations with China on June 1 but it failed to inform Taiwan until 4:00 a.m. yesterday, Taipei time.

Huang described Arias's decision as ironic since it goes against the ideals of the Nobel Peace Prize, which Arias won in 1987 for his efforts to end civil wars then raging in several Central American countries.

"President Oscar Arias chooses to discard the universal values of peace, freedom and human rights commonly treasured by Taiwan and Costa Rica and to turn to ally with the autocratic Communist China," he said.

Arias has also disregarded the "shared values and long friendship" between the two countries, Huang noted.

He further accused Arias of being engaged in "several secretive talks on building formal ties with the PRC," since his assumption of the presidency in May 2006.

The minister also claimed that even before flying secretly to Beijing in late May, Costa Rican Foreign Minister Bruno Stagno lied to the media saying that his country's relations with Taiwan remained unchanged.

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