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"Canada can, within a positive friendly atmosphere, ask the Chinese government to resolve the Tibetan situation."

Czech MPs urge their president to talk Tibet with China

May 17, 2009

By Tenzin Tsering
May 16, 2009

Dharamsala, May 16 - The Czech parliamentary
group for Tibet has petitioned the Czech
Presidential Office to bring the issue of human
rights concerns in Tibet at the EU-China summit
to be held at Prague on 20 May 2009, says Greens MP Katerina Jacques.

This summit is scheduled twice after China
canceling it previously to show its resentment
over French President Nicholas Sarkozy’s meeting
with the Dalai Lama. China regularly opposes any
decision by a state to receive the Dalai Lama or
make any contact with him. The summit was
originally scheduled for December 2008.

Czech Republic now holds the rotating presidency
of the 27-member bloc. President Vaclav Klaus
will chair the summit where EU and China plan to
discuss their bilateral trade and co operation.

MP Jacques said, "None of the current global
challenges that the world faces can be dealt
without cooperation between the EU and China. But
at the same time the EU cannot keep silent to the
violation of human rights in China."

The European Union can play an important role in
bringing forth a constructive dialogue between
China and the Dalai Lama, given the
interdependency of the member nations and around
the globe in general, analysts say.

However, China accuses the Dalai Lama and his
proposal of "genuine autonomy" as seeking
independence in disguise and the dialogue so far has resulted in a stalemate.

Tibetans and their supporters say that the
condition inside Tibet is still worsening, where
a slightest dissent against the Chinese
repressive doctrine and human rights violation is
met with ‘brutal suppression and violation of
human rights’. Absence of international
organizations, aid or free media has strengthened
and encouraged the Chinese hardliners in Tibet,
according to Tibetan right groups.

Kelsang Gyatsen, the Dalai Lama’s envoy, said
that the EU must impress on China that the issue
of Tibet continues to remain an important agenda
in their bilateral relationship and the pressing
need to properly address and resolve the issue
through dialogue to provide the solution.
“Failure to address the issue of Tibet will
greatly undermine the credibility of the EU
position on the issue of Tibet in particular and
on human rights in China in general.”

The Green MP’s petition also included release of
Aung San Suu Kyi from prison and the initiation
of a dialogue among Suu Kyi, representatives of
the ethnic groups and the Junta.
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