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Kalon Takla concern over conditions of Tibetans inside Tibet

April 28, 2008

Sunday, 27 April 2008

London: Kalon Kesang Y Takla, Kalon for the Department of Information
and International Relations has expressed serious concern over the fate
of the Tibetans inside Tibet due to deprivation of water and food supply
caused by heavy restrictions imposed by the Chinese authorities.

Kalon Takla was addressing an evening talk on the current crisis in
Tibet at a musical concert dedicated to "dialogue and peace in Tibet",
in London during her two-day UK leg of Europe visit on 26 April.

During her visit to - Denmark, Norway and Sweden - she had addressed
conferences on Tibet and also met with senior government officials and
parliamentarians to explain the urgency of the current situation inside

She said in late March there was a confirmed report of one monk having
died due to starvation. With no foreign reporters and tourists in Tibet
and the tight control over people's movements and mass arrests. She said
one Tibetan from Tibet had even called a radio talk show to inform how
the situation in Tibet was a like living in a prison.

Answering a question related to widespread international protests
supporting the rights of the Tibetan people vis-a-vis China's obsession
with the coming Olympics in Beijing, the Tibetan Foreign Minster after
explaining the reasons behind the Tibetan protests against the Chinese
rule said that the question that needs to be asked is what is more
important: Saving the Olympic torch or human lives?

"And when an English member of the audience asked how they can help,
Kalon Takla said it is important to keep the pressure on China and that
they could also write to their parliament members and the government to
champion the cause of Tibet. She said the Tibetan people were not
anti-Chinese and that His Holiness the Dalai Lama was one of the first
leaders in the world to support China's candidature to host the Olympics
in Beijing.

"I therefore ask the Chinese to understand the Tibetans," said Kalon
Takla addressing the remark especially to the Chinese female in the
audience, who had earlier asked a question.

The evening's musical performance for Tibet given by Monica Smith and
Wolfang Deinert was organised jointly by the Kailash Centre and the
Office of Tibet.

Yesterday, Kalon Takla was met by officials of the Foreign Office and
also interviewed about the Tibet crisis by the BBC television. On
Thursday, she discussed the Tibet situation with Mr Mike Gapes, MP and
Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and at whose invitation His
Holiness the Dalai Lama will be participating at a hearing on Tibet
during his visit to the UK next month.

She also had a separate meeting with members of the All Party
Parliamentary Group for Tibet which has been on the forefront of
initiating parliamentary debates on Tibet and also introduction of Early
Day Motions aimed to mobilise parliamentary show of concern for various
issues relating to the just Tibetan cause.

Tomorrow, she will be leaving for the Irish capital Dublin, where among
other engagements, she has a scheduled meeting with the Chairman of the
Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs, Political Director at the Department
of Foreign Affairs and the All Party Oireachtas Group for Tibet. She
will also separately meet with members of the Tibet Support Group -
Ireland and the Tibetan Community in Ireland.

--Based on report filed by the Office of Tibet, London
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