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

Govt 'concerned' at Tibet violence

March 15, 2008

LONDON, March 14 (AFP)— The British government voiced concern to
Beijing Friday at an outbreak of violence in the Tibetan capital Lhasa
in protest at continued Chinese rule, a spokesman said.

Officials at the Foreign Office in London said they were "following
with concern" reports of fires and gunshots in Tibet as well as India
and Nepal in recent days and were monitoring the situation closely.

"We have registered our concern with the Chinese ministry of foreign
affairs and the Chinese embassy in London and we are asking them for
clarification," a spokeswoman told AFP.

"The human rights situation in Tibet is a matter of real concern to
us. We raise it regularly with the Chinese authorities.

"We want to see the Tibet issue dealt with peacefully between all
concerned and are naturally alarmed when we hear of violence."

As Chinese state media reported that a number of people had been taken
to hospital with unspecified injuries, the Foreign Office said it was
keeping its travel advice for British nationals under "close review".

The department's travel advice website warns tourists against getting
involved in demonstrations or calls for Tibetan independence.
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