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Opposition MPs support Tibet autonomy in South African parliament

September 21, 2010

Tibetan Review
September 19, 2010

"The cause of Tibet is a matter of principle. It is not a vote
catcher, or an advancement in any popularity contest," said
opposition IFP leader Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi in a statement Sep
14 in the South Africa parliament to mark 50 years of Tibetan
democracy in exile. He was one of four opposition party MPs who
delivered statements on the occasion.

The statements focused on Tibet, China and the Dalai Lama and invited
debate in the Parliament during a session chaired by the Speaker Mr
Max Sisulu and attended by government ministers.

More than 80 MPs wearing Tibetan ceremonial scarves (Khatag) and
about 100 supporters led by South African Friends of Tibet (SAFT)
were present in the House gallery to witness the afternoon
proceeding, reported the exile Tibetan government-run Sep 17.

Chief Buthelezi made an impassioned plea for democracy in China,
saying the resolution of the Tibet issue is linked to it. He was
quoted as saying: "The issue of Tibet is becoming quintessential to
the process of democratization in China. We appreciate the ever more
important role China is playing internationally and in the political,
social and economic arenas.  For this reason, we feel that the cause
of mankind demands of it to move speedily towards its democratization."

In his statement, IFP MP Mr Mario-Ambrosini has said: "We stand as
friends of Tibet and as friends of China at a time when China is
leading a new scramble for Africa. ".China will not change its ways
in African until it changes its way in China. China will not change
its ways in China until it rights its wrongs in Tibet. Tibet has
become a turning point in history.  "...We must turn the Tibetan
issue into a new unifying cause which can again bring together
democrats from across the world, as it happened in the worldwide
rejection of apartheid."

He has emphasized that the support for Tibetan autonomy and human
rights is aimed at supporting, rather than antagonizing, China.

Democratic Alliance MP Ms Santosh Vinita Kalyan has urged her
government to grant the Dalai Lama a visa to visit South Africa "at a
time of his choosing."

And Freedom Front+ MP Corne Mulder has said: "We would like to
seriously call on ANC representatives in the Parliament today to give
their support to the seeking of a peaceful solution for the human
rights abuses by the Chinese government in Tibet, and the recognition
of Tibet's right to self-determination."
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