Brussels : The European Union (EU) has said it will stick to its one-China policy and not support Taiwan's attempts to join the United Nations.
"The EU strongly supports stability across the Taiwan Straits. It believes that such stability is essential not just to peace and prosperity in East Asia but also to the wider international community," Cristina Gallach, spokesperson for EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana, said Thursday.
Commenting on the latest move by the Taiwan authorities to apply for UN membership, Gallach said: "Holding a referendum on application for UN membership under the name Taiwan is an unhelpful initiative since it may be perceived as an attempt to change the status quo and undermine stability."
"The EU has therefore urged the Taiwanese authorities not to support this referendum."
"The way forward on successfully addressing cross-straits relations remains through dialogue, practical cooperation and confidence-building measures," she said.