CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, June 18, 2013, the House will consider H.R. 1151, a bill to direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan at the triennial International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly, and for other purposes,under a suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on March 14, 2013 by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) and referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
H.R. 1151 makes several findings and directs the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan at the triennial International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly, to be held in September 2013 in Montreal, Canada. The bill also directs the Secretary to instruct the U.S. Mission to the ICAO to officially request observer status for Taiwan, and requires the Secretary to report to Congress on the United States’ strategy to endorse and obtain observer status for Taiwan.
The ICAO was established in 1947 with the intention of developing international standards of international air navigation so as to establish safe and efficient commerce among nations. However, since 1971, Taiwan has been excluded from the ICAO, impeding their efforts to maintain civil aviation practices that conform to evolving international aviation standards. As a major hub of international commercial and passenger air travel, the consequences of Taiwan’s exclusion from the ICAO present a security threat to the global community.
H.R. 1151 directs the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to gain observer status for Taiwan, which is in accordance with U.S. policy and the history of the ICAO. By gaining observer status, Taiwan will be able to access the benefits of participation in ICAO.
A similar resolution (S.Con.Res. 17) expressing U.S. support for Taiwan gaining ICAO observer status passed the House in the 112th Congress on September 11, 2012 by voice vote.
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