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For the sake to uphold the national interests and dignity of the country, the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has decided to terminate formal relations with the Republic of Costa Rica and cease all cooperation projects between the two countries.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs makes the following statement: Following financial promises and pressure from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the government of the Republic of Costa Rica has decided to establish diplomatic relations with the PRC and sever diplomatic relations with the Republic of China (Taiwan). The Republic of China (Taiwan) regrets the decision of the Republic of Costa Rica. For the sake to uphold the national interests and dignity of the country, the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has decided to terminate formal relations with the Republic of Costa Rica and cease all cooperation projects between the two countries.
Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Republic of Costa Rica in 1944, the two countries had been working closely to promote democracy, freedom and peace of the international society based on our shared values. The Republic of China (Taiwan) had been actively assisting Costa Rica in projects of infrastructure building and national development, and the people and successive governments of Costa Rica had been appreciative of the friendship as well as the assistance of the Republic of China (Taiwan).
Since his assumption of the Presidency in May 2006, President Óscar Arias of Costa Rica has been engaged in several secretive talks on building formal ties with the PRC, disregard the shared values and long friendship between the two countries. With much cherishing of the friendly relations between the two countries of more than six decades, the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) had been making vigorous efforts to communicate with the government of Costa Rica with utmost sincerity, yet the government of Costa Rica still decided to cling to its own way.
President Óscar Arias of Costa Rica received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for his efforts to end the civil wars then raging in several Central American countries. The Prize embodies the recognition and respect of the international society for his endeavors for pursuing the prevalence of peace, freedom and democracy in Central America then. Yet now President Óscar Arias chooses to discard the universal values of peace, freedom and human rights commonly treasured by Taiwan and Costa Rica and to turn to ally with the autocratic Communist China. After trying all efforts, the government of the Republic of China decides to terminate the bilateral relations with Costa Rica for the sake to uphold the autonomy and dignity of the country. The government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) strongly regrets the decision of President Óscar Arias, which was contrary to the national spirit of Costa Rica and the ideals of the Nobel Peace Prize, and condemns the money diplomacy of the PRC. The PRC has been doing its utmost to suppress Taiwan in the international society, which not only seriously hurts the feelings of the Taiwanese people, but also goes the opposite to its words of “resorting to the good will of the Taiwanese people.”
Taiwan still has many friends in Costa Rica, and the people and government of Taiwan cherish very much the friendship of the people of Costa Rica. We would like to extend our most heartfelt gratitude for the efforts of our Costa Rican friends for preserving our bilateral relations.
In spite of the blatant suppression of the PRC, still the people and government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) would hold fast to its position to continue promoting pragmatic diplomacy. We shall continue, with resolution and a pragmatic attitude, to enhance our international profile, to assert our deserved status, and to defend our national interests and the wellbeing of the people of Taiwan. (E)

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