Speaker of the Legislative Assembly You Si-kun speaks in the Czech Senate

  • By Jake Chung / Editor, with CNA

“I am Taiwanese; I am Czech, because we are both supporters of democracy. Speaker of the Legislative Assembly You Si-kun (游錫堃) gave a speech to the Czech Senate yesterday, a day after a delegation he leads visited the hometown of the Czech Senate Speaker, Milos Vystrcil.

The delegation – which was invited to the central European nation by Vystrcil in hopes of boosting bilateral relations and garnering international support for Taiwan’s bid to regain UN membership – includes lawmakers Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Yosi Takun and Wan Mei-ling (萬美玲), Taiwan People’s Party (TPP) legislator Jang Chyi-lu (張其祿), and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Huang Shih-chieh (黃世杰).

The delegation visited Vystrcil’s hometown of Telc and was warmly welcomed by Telc Mayor Vladimir Brtnik, Vyscoina Region Head Vitezslav Schrek and other officials.

Photo: Hsieh Chun-lin, Taipei Times

You and members of her delegation laid flowers and lit candles at a memorial to Olga Havlova, whose support was instrumental in the involvement of Vaclav Havel, her husband, in the 1989 Velvet Revolution, a non-violent transition of power.

You praised Telc’s beauty, culture and architectural style, saying it lives up to its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The delegation’s visit coincided with the 30th anniversary of the city’s listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Photo: Hsieh Chun-lin, Taipei Times

You said the city reminded him of Yilan County, where Taiwan cypress trees grow at 2,000m altitude.

Yilan has repeatedly tried and failed to apply for UNESCO heritage status because his application is blocked by an overbearing neighbor, he said, an apparent reference to China.

“I believe that one day, [Taiwan] will become a member of the UN with the support of our international friends, and will finally succeed in applying for UNESCO heritage status,” You said.

Photo: ANC

In his speech yesterday, You urged democratic countries around the world to “understand the fundamental ideas of the Chinese Communist Party and adopt preventive measures against its spread, otherwise it may soon bring irreparable disaster to the human race.” “.

Chinese political views, which hark back to an imperialist mindset, are precisely why this is dangerous, as regional hegemony threatens global peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region, You said.

As a free and democratic country, Taiwan is different from China and opposes any form of authoritarianism, he said.

“It can be said, with certainty, that safeguarding Taiwan is in the public interest of the world,” You said.

“The alliance of democracies must make it clear to authoritarian countries that we will not stand aside and let them achieve their desires,” You said. “I fully believe in the Czech national motto: ‘Truth prevails’, and that freedom and democracy will prevail in the end.”

You echoed Vystrcil’s statement, “I am Taiwanese” in the Taipei Legislative Yuan two years ago, saying, “I am Taiwanese; I am Czech, because we are both supporters of democracy.

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