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Parliamentary delegation to Tibet

October 30, 2008

PRESSE RELEASE
Den norske Tibet Komité
October 28, 2008

A cross-political delegation from the Norwegian Parliament led by
Vice President of Parliement,  Olav Gunnar Ballo (Labour) will visit
Tibet from 9-17 November.  The other members of delegation are Olav
Akselsen (AP), Solveig Horne (FRP), Sonja Sjøli (H), May-Helen Molvær
Grimstad (Christian People's Party), Rune Skjælaaen (SP) and Gunvald
Ludvigsen (V).

In addition to Lhasa, the delegation will be  visiting the cities
Gyantse and Shigatse. The visit will also include a stay in Beijing.
The program in Tibet includes discussions with a number of
representatives of local authorities, visiting a school and a
briefing on  important religious sites.

"The purpose of the visit is to increase knowledge of the political,
economic and social conditions in Tibet" said Mr Olav Gunner Ballo
head of the delegation.

In the meetings with local authorities, the delegation  aims to have
a broad dialogue, including issues related to human rights. The
delegation tried to have Tibetan from Norway as a translator, but the
Chinese authorities rejected this proposal. "This is the first
official delegation after the March protests and I hope that the
delegation will understand that their program will be severely
controlled by the Chinese authorities," said Chundak Koren of the
Norwegian Tibet Committee. "We were also happy that we had the
opportunity to brief the delegation on the real situation in Tibet."

Contact: Head of the delegation Olav Gunnar Ballo
Vice President of Parliement (mobile:+47  99 26 88 83)

Chungdak Koren Norwegian Tibet Committee(+47 95024443)

Den norske Tibet Komité
Menneskerettighethuset
Tordenskioldsgt  6b
0160 Oslo
Tel: 22479222 Fax: 22479201
Email: info@tibet.no    www.tibet.no
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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