Just to compare with Bette Williams fine, found this on search windows:
ROC Foreign Minister Expresses Regret over Horta Incident
Taipei, Nov. 27, 1998 (CNA) –
Horta, 49, who is teaching at the University of New South Wales in Australia, was invited by an Australia-based Taiwanese association to attend a Wednesday campaign rally of incumbent Taipei Mayor Chen Shui-bian to boost Chen’s re-election bid.
Foreign Minister Jason Hu on Friday expressed regret over Timorese Nobel laureate Jose Ramos Horta’s “entry permit incident.” Hu said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) had never opposed Horta’s entry to Taiwan since being informed by the Bureau of Entry and Exit of the Timorese separatist [sic] advocate’s arrival. However, he added: “The ministry also has no intention of shirking its responsibility for the incident.” The minister said an official with the MOFA’s East Asian and Pacific Affairs Department received a phone call from Fan Teh-chu, deputy director of the Bureau of Entry and Exit at 8:15 p.m. on Wednesday asking about the ministry’s stance on Horta’s landing visa application.
“The official clearly told Fan that it was no problem for the Timorese Nobel laureate to enter Taiwan,” Hu said, adding that Vice Foreign Minister David Lee reaffirmed the positive stance to Fan at 9:30 p.m. that same evening. “Our stance was consistent and unequivocal.” Hu admitted that the incident had caused harm to Horta himself, the organization that invited him to visit the island, and the Republic of China government’s image.
“We must learn a lesson from the incident,” Hu said, adding that concerned government agencies should review all paperwork procedures, make them more transparent, and reinforce vertical coordination to avoid a recurrence of similar embarrassing and detrimental incidents.
Horta, a co-winner of the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize, was denied an entry permit by ROC immigration authorities for his now defunct “persona non grata” status, upon his arrival at Chiang Kai-shek International Airport at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
Known for his unremitting advocacy of East Timor’s secession [sic.] from Indonesia, Horta was forced to spend the night at the airport’s transit hotel until MOFA officials intervened to clear up the dispute four hours later.
Annoyed by his delayed admission to Taiwan, Horta terminated his visit and flew back to Australia on Thursday.
Horta, who gained further international fame for exposing Indonesian atrocities against the people of East Timor to the United Nations, said prior to his departure that he could not understand why airport officials stopped him, since he entered Taiwan without hindrance in August 1997.