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Kent MP questions Dalai Lama During UK Visit

May 25, 2008

John Horam
KentNews (UK)
May 23, 2008

Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has called for an international inquiry into rioting in Lhasa, his homeland’s capital.

Tibetans clashed with Chinese authorities on March 14, the anniversary  of the failed 1959 uprising against Beijing rule.

The Dalai Lama was responding to a question from a Kent MP during a meeting with members of the Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday during his 10-day trip to the UK.

John Horam, the Conservative MP for Orpington, told KOS Media: "There is a media clampdown by the Chinese so even he does not know exactly what happened. He wanted the inquiry to establish the facts.

"I asked if he was going to suggest it in his meeting with Gordon Brown and he asked if I thought he should.

"We all said 'yes we think you should because this is a way of putting pressure on [the Chinese government]'."

The Dalai Lama met the Prime Minister at Lambeth Palace on Friday.
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