BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, September 29, 2018 (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, used his presentation at the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, September 28, to raise a voice in support of the Republic of China (Taiwan) playing a more active role in the international development agenda.
“I cannot address this great body and not recognize our dear friend Taiwan. My government views the United Nations as a people’s organization, for all people, including the people of Taiwan,” Prime Minister Harris said.
The prime minister stated that Taiwan has an important and continuing role to play in international development strategies as they have had great success in technology, agriculture, health and renewable energy.
“We advocate that Taiwan be given space to add to the dialogue, progress and well-being of the global community,” Dr. Harris continued.
The Governments of St. Kitts and Nevis and the Republic of China (Taiwan) have enjoyed 35 years of mutually beneficial bilateral relations.
Additionally, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris voiced St. Kitts and Nevis’ support of Cuba and called for the normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States of America “to alleviate the real suffering caused to the Cuban people of this policy of exclusion.”
While acknowledging the current difficulties in Venezuela, the St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister called for peaceful dialogue to resolve issues in Venezuela with due regard to the rule of law. He further noted that Venezuela has for a long time been a good friend to the Caribbean.
Prime Minister Harris ended his UN address by stating, “We need to see all global leaders come together to create and maintain stability, equality and peace in our countries, so that our collective contributions can prevent and avoid war and violence; end the proliferation of nuclear weapons, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create a level playing field for small states to thrive. May we be always mindful and proactive to ensure that no country is left behind in the pursuit and achievement of the 2030 Agenda.”