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His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Representative concludes his visit to Oslo, Norway

October 25, 2010

Office of Tibet, London
October 21, 2010

London -- Mr Thubten Samdup, Representative of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Northern Europe,
Poland and the Baltic States, concluded his two-day visit to Oslo yesterday.

During his visit 18th to 20th October visit to
the Norwegian capital, Mr Samdup met with
officials from the Foreign Ministry,
Parliamentarians, the board of the Norwegian
Tibet Committee, and representatives of a number
of human rights and development NGOs. The
Representative informed all those he met of the
position of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the
Central Tibetan Administration on a future
settlement of the Tibet issue and emphasised the
non-violent nature of the Tibetan struggle.

The Representative held an open discussion with
the Tibetan Community on the evening of Tuesday
19th which was attended by most of the Tibetans
living in Norway, some of whom had travelled long
distances to participate in the meeting.

The Representative also met on the 19th October
with Mr Olemic Thommessen, the Chair of the
Parliamentary Group for Tibet, along with a
Secretary of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Also
on Tuesday, the Representative met with the NGOs
based at The Norwegian Human Rights House.
Following the very constructive meeting, a number
of the NGO participants expressed their
willingness to deepen their involvement in Tibet
related issues in the future. On Wednesday
morning, Mr Samdup held separate meetings with
key representatives of some Norwegian political parties.

Ms Chungdak Koren, the Executive Director of the
Norwegian Tibet Committee who had helped
co-ordinate the programme for the
Representative's visit, commented that "the
Representative's visit, although short, was
extremely productive and his message left a
lasting impression on all those that he met".

On returning to the Office of Tibet, London,
yesterday evening the Representative said: "I
felt my brief visit to Oslo was very meaningful.
I was able to meet with various Norwegian
government officials and NGOs, and was impressed
with the good work that the Norwegian Tibet Committee had done over the years."
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