The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of Taiwan initiated a referendum on entering the UN under the name “Taiwan”.
Holding a referendum would allow the public to have the final say on the issue and help the international community gain a better understanding of the people’s strong desire to enter the UN, Chai said.
“Why can’t Taiwan, with its marked economic and educational achievements, join the world body as other nations in the world?” he said. “The people must strive to accomplish the task already approved by the DPP’s Central Standing Committee and we hope to hold the public referendum alongside the year-end legislative elections or the March 2008 presidential poll.”
In a democracy, it is normal to hold referendums to allow people to have their say on issues of major national concern or public interest, he added.