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Dalai Lama Officially Invited to Speak at EP

September 28, 2008

Phayul
Friday, September 26, 2008

The Dalai Lama has been officially invited to speak at the European
Parliament on December 4. The President of the European Parliament,
Hans-Gert Pöttering, told Thubten Wangchen, Director of the Tibet House
Foundation in Barcelona, that the Dalai Lama has been officially invited
to report to the Parliament to talk about his intentions regarding the
Tibet-China issue.

Pöttering officially received Thubten at the headquarters of the camera
in Brussels on September 23.

Thubten presented before Pöttering 30 thousand signatures collected with
the "SOS Tibet" campaign and urged him to facilitate a serious dialogue
between the Dalai Lama and the Chinese president, Hu Jintao.

The German MEP Thomas Mann, Chairman of the Tibet Support Group in the
European Parliament, Spanish MEP, María Badía, Yangdutso Yangkartsang,
President of the Tibetan community in Belgium; Tenzin Wangmo from Bureau
du Tibet in Brussels,and Marcin Libicki, President of the Committee on
Petitions of the European Parliament, were also present at the meeting.

During the meeting Pöttering expressed concern with the current
situation in Tibet and assured his support for a peaceful solution to
the Tibet issue. Pöttering was one of the main sponsors of the
resolution adopted by the majority in the European Parliament in April
this year, which condemned the Chinese government's brutal crackdown on
Tibetans in the aftermath of March 10 protests.

Thubten Wangchen, while thanking Pöttering and the European Parliament
for their support, said that non-violence and truth remain the most
powerful tool for the Tibetans, and shall surely help the Tibetans
achieve their goal.
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