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TAIPEI, Taiwan (July 17,1997 -PACNEWS)---The Solomon Islands is one of nine nations that has submitted a proposal to the United Nations calling for Taiwan to be admitted to membership in the world body.

A Taipei newspaper says the proposal, sent to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Monday, calls for the 52nd United Nations General Assembly, which opens in September, to place the matter on the formal agenda. The proposal was signed by Bukina Faso, Dominica, Gambia, Grenada, Guinea Bissau, Nicaragua, and Swaziland, in addition to the Solomon Islands.

The nine nations calling for an end to Taiwan's exclusion from the international organization appear to represent a drop in support for the move compared to last year. Sixteen countries signed a similar proposal in l996.


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