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Tibetan Foreign Minister visits Ottawa, meets Canadian parliamentarians

February 22, 2016

Canada Tibet Committee, February 16, 2016 - Kalon Dicki Chhoyang, head of the Department of Information and International Relations, visited Ottawa today where she met with Members of Parliament from all political parties. Her visit marked the first opportunity for the Central Tibetan Administration to present its policy positions to newly-elected members of parliament following the Canadian federal election in October 2015.

Addressing parliamentarians during a reception organized in her honour by the Parliamentary Friends of Tibet and chaired by MP Arif Virani, Ms. Chhoyang provided an overview of the Middle Way Approach and she urged MPs to promote the Tibetan administration's efforts to re-engage constructive dialogue with the Government of China. She emphasized principled adherence to non-violent strategies as an important dimension of the Tibet struggle and a reason why resolution of the conflict in Tibet should be actively supported by world governments including Canada.


“Working with Members of Parliament is an important way to keep the Tibet issue front and centre within the Canada-China relationship” said Carole Samdup, Executive Director of the Canada Tibet Committee which organized the visit.  “We are confident that the Parliamentary Friends will continue to be strong advocates of human rights in Tibet within the new Canadian parliament.”

While in Ottawa, Kalon Dicki Chhoyang also met with representatives of non-governmental organizations working on issues related to human rights violations faced by Tibetans living in Nepal, the importance of addressing climate change on the Tibetan plateau, and efforts to document the Tibetan experience in Canada.

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