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In quotes: Reaction to Tibet protests

March 18, 2008

BBC News
Monday, 17 March 2008

Governments around the world have urged China to use restraint in
dealing with Tibetan protesters, and called for dialogue between the two
sides to ease tensions.



CONDOLEEZZA RICE, US SECRETARY OF STATE

We urge China to respect the fundamental and universally recognised
right of all of its citizens to peacefully express their political and
religious views, and we call on China to release monks and others who
have been detained solely for the peaceful expression of their views.

LORD MALLOCH BROWN, UK FOREIGN OFFICE MINISTER

With the Olympics ahead, they really will pay a terrible cost in
international public opinion if they're seen to violently crack down on
dissidents.

And I very much hope they will take that to heart, and they will find a
way to talk this through, and start the dialogue which is long overdue
in Tibet.

PRANAB MUKHERJE, INDIAN FOREIGN MINISTER

We are distressed by reports of the unsettled situation and violence in
Lhasa and by the deaths of innocent people.

We hope all those involved will work to improve the situation and remove
the causes of such trouble in Tibet, which is an autonomous region of
China, through dialogue and non-violent means.

MASAHIKO KOMURA, JAPANESE FOREIGN MINISTER

I would like to know clearly what the situation is and the facts behind
what has happened.

I hope all parties involved will deal with this calmly and ensure that
the number of those killed and injured does not worsen any further.

STATEMENT, FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTRY

With the approach of the Olympic Games, which ought to be a great show
of fraternity, France would like to draw the attention of the Chinese
authorities to the importance of respecting human rights.

STATEMENT, GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTRY

Everything must be done to prevent a further escalation of the situation
and to enable a peaceful end to the conflict.

Minister (Frank-Walter) Steinmeier calls on his Chinese counterparts to
offer as much transparency as possible over the events in Tibet.

NAVTEJ SARNA, INDIAN EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTRY SPOKESMAN

We hope that all those involved will work to improve the situation and
remove the causes of such trouble in Tibet, which is an autonomous
region of China, through dialogue and non-violent means.

KEVIN RUDD, AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTER

These most recent developments in Tibet are disturbing and, from my
point of view, I would call upon the Chinese authorities to exercise
restraint.

HELEN CLARK, NEW ZEALAND PRIME MINISTER

We want to see an end to the violence. We have long urged China to
engage in meaningful dialogue with representatives of the Tibetan
people, as we think this is the best way to achieve a lasting resolution
of problems in Tibet.
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