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European Parliament Discusses Current Situation of Tibet

March 29, 2010

Friday, March 26 2010

Brussels: During the Mini-Plenary session of the European Parliament in
Brussels on Thursday, the Members of European Parliament (MEPs) held a
debate on the current situation of Tibet reviewing the peaceful protests by
Tibetans inside Tibet in 2008.

During the debate EU Commissioner and Vice-President of the European
Commission, Mr. Maros Sefcovic said: "We have real concerns about the human
rights situation in Tibet, about the fact that Tibet has remained largely
closed to international media, diplomats and humanitarian organisations and
also about the lack of progress in talks between the representatives of the
Dalai Lama and the Chinese authorities."

"The EU position does not leave any room for misinterpretation. Therefore,
let me stress: the EU respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of
China, including Tibet. We respect the 'one China' policy."

*However, we have always supported peaceful reconciliation through dialogue
between the Chinese authorities and the representatives of the Dalai Lama.
This dialogue has to be constructive and substantive, addressing all core
issues such as the preservation of Tibet's unique culture, religion and
traditions and the need to achieve a system of meaningful autonomy for Tibet
within the Chinese Constitution."

"The dialogue should also address the participation of all Tibetans in
decision-making. For the EU, Tibet is a human rights issue. We have
consistently passed this message on to our Chinese counterparts and listened
carefully to their views, and we make every effort to understand their
position in a spirit of mutual respect."

"But human rights are universal, and the situation in Tibet is a legitimate
concern for the international community, a point that we regularly make to
our Chinese interlocutors."

"In the Sino-Tibetan dialogue, the Tibetan side has recently submitted an
updated memorandum on genuine autonomy for the future of Tibet. We welcome
that the Tibetan side has reiterated its firm commitment not to seek
separation or independence."

"We are also pleased that the Dalai Lama remains committed to the middle-way
approach and to dialogue as the only means for achieving a mutually
acceptable and lasting solution."

"The EU welcomes the fact that both parties continue to hold talks even if
we note with regret the lack of results and the lack of momentum."

"Let me conclude by appealing to the representatives of the two sides to
continue and intensify the dialogue with an open spirit and with a view to
achieving a durable solution in Tibet. From our side I can guarantee the
EU's wholehearted support to such a process."

MEPs Call For Appointment of EU Special Envoy For Tibet

While expressing concern over the current situation in Tibet the MEPs called
for the appointment of an EU Special Envoy for Tibet, a meeting between High
Representative Baroness Ashton and His Holiness the Dalai Lama and to send
an investigation team to Tibet.

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