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Petition to 'Invite the Dalai Lama to the G8 Summit'

June 27, 2008

By Tenzin Sangmo
Phayul
June 25, 2008

New Delhi, June 25 -- In what could be termed as a new impetus to the
Tibet cause, the Free Tibet Team Japan (FTTJ) submitted a paper
petition to Prime Minister Fukuda's office June 23 to invite the
Dalai Lama to the G8 summit. Invitation has also been sent out to the
Chinese President Hu Jintao. FTTJ is currently campaigning for all G8
leaders to invite the Dalai Lama to facilitate a significant
discourse for peace in Tibet.

The Hokkaido Toyako summit (G8 leaders' conference) will be held in
Japan from July 7-9, 2008. Many see it as a prospect for the leaders
to talk about and design an idea that will solve the current crisis
situation in Tibet. FTTJ drives towards a moderated dialogue between
the Dalai Lama and Hu Jintao at the Summit in Japan.

The outline of the action includes citizens in G8 countries urging
their leaders to propose to the Japanese government to invite the
Dalai Lama to the Summit. The G8 leaders in turn ask the Japanese
government to set up dialogue at the Summit. The G8 countries are the
United States, England, Canada, Germany, Italy, Russia, Japan and the
European Union.

The paper petitions, 7310 in all collected in Japan were put into
three file holders and delivered to House of Representatives member
Takeo Hiranuma's Secretary, Mrs. Inubushi. The files were then taken
within the same building by Mrs. Inubushi to Prime Minister Fukuda's
policy secretary.

FTTJ is campaigning furiously to press all G8 leaders and Sherpas
until the Summit. The UK Government's e-petitions are open until the
29th of this month.

Additional information by FTTJ
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665   ctcoffice@tibet.ca
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