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Italian Parliamentary Group for Tibet established

July 11, 2008

Tibet Bureau, Geneva
July 10, 2008

An Italian Parliamentary Group for Tibet was recently formed in the
new Italian Parliament. In April Italy elected a new parliament. The
first meeting of the Italian Parliamentary Group for Tibet consisting
of over 120 Members of Parliament was conveyed recently.

On 8 July 2008, Mr. Tseten Samdup Chhoekyapa, His Holiness the Dalai
Lama's Representative based in Geneva addressed the members of the
newly formed Italian Parliamentary Group for Tibet. He briefed MPs on
the tragic situation in Tibet and the outcome of the recent 7th Round
Talks between His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Representatives and China.

Mr. Chhoekyapa thanked Italian Tibet Parliamentary Group members for
their continued support for Tibet. He expressed his deep concern
about the present situation in Tibet. He called on the members of the
group to lobby the Italian Government to ensure that even after the
Olympics in Beijing, the pressure on China to improve human rights in
Tibet is maintained.

He said, despite the tragic situation in Tibet, His Holiness the
Dalai Lama was committed to finding a meaningful solution to the
Tibetan issue through non-violence. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is
not seeking independent for Tibet but for a genuine autonomy for the
Tibetan people to preserve Tibetan religion, culture, language and identity.

During the meeting, Mr. Chhoekyapa stressed the importance of setting
up a formal structure for the Italian Parliamentary Group for Tibet.
Finally, he thanks and asked the MPs to continue to support His
Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people.
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