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"Canada can, within a positive friendly atmosphere, ask the Chinese government to resolve the Tibetan situation."

Dalai Lama and McCain meet

July 27, 2008

Press Release
July 25, 2008

Aspen, Colorado, July 25 -- Arizona Senator John McCain, presumptive
US presidential nominee of the Republican Party, accompanied by
Senator Lindsey Graham (Republican of South Carolina), met in a
private residence with the Dalai Lama this afternoon to discuss
Tibet. The Dalai Lama frequently meets with US Senators but it is
unusual for such meetings to take place out of Washington, DC. This
is his first meeting with Senator McCain.

This spring Senator McCain was quick to condemn the Chinese
government's crackdown following demonstrations across Tibet.
Addressing the media after a meeting with French President Sarkozy in
Paris on March 21, 2008, the Senator said, "That is not acceptable
conduct from a world power, which China is." After meeting British
Prime Minister Brown in London on March 20, 2008, McCain said.
"There's a long history of Chinese treatment of the people in Tibet
which is certainly not one that I think the Chinese should be proud
of, and I hope that they would quickly respect the human rights of
the people there."

Following the meeting, Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari, Special Envoy of the
Dalai Lama, said: "The Senator remains gravely concerned for those
who have been imprisoned for expressing their political and religious
beliefs and asked to be kept informed about the situation in Tibet.
The meeting provided His Holiness an opportunity to express his
gratitude for all the heartfelt support we are receiving and the
serious efforts the international community is making to help resolve
the situation. He also repeated that he is seeking autonomy for Tibet
within the People's Republic of China."

Senator Barack Obama, presumptive 2008 US presidential nominee from
the Democratic Party, met the Dalai Lama in 2005 at a Senate Foreign
Relations Committee event, and has been in contact with the Dalai
Lama recently.

Press contact:
Kate Saunders
Communications Director, ICT
Tel: +44 7947 138612
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665
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