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His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Representative to Geneva meets Hungarian officials

April 9, 2009

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
April 8, 2009

Dharamshala -- His Holiness the Dalai Lama's
representative in central and eastern Europe,
Tseten Samdup Chhoekyapa, met Zsolt Nemeth, head
of parliament's foreign affairs committee, in
Budapest on Tuesda, Hungarian news agency MTI reported.

After the meeting Nemeth, a deputy of Hungary's
main opposition Fidesz party, told a news
conference that government's Tibet policy was
flawed. He mentioned the lengthy procedures
people from Tibet faced before being granted
refugee status in Hungary as one example.

Nemeth noted, however, that there was a political
consensus over the "one China" policy and none of
Hungary's political parties thought it should be revised.

However, granting Tibet real autonomy would send
an important message to the international
community, said Nemeth. It would make it clear
that autonomy does not necessarily involve
secession and instability but was a mode for settling ethnic conflicts.

Tseten Samdup said that Hungary could be
instrumental in helping Tibet if people
approached their parliamentary representatives to
support its case, and called on China to change its policy.

Tseten Samdup noted that his agenda had not
included talks with Hungarian government representatives.

He will also meet the head of parliament's human
rights committee (who is an opposition deputy).

He added that His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who
had so far visited Hungary six times, may visit the country again.

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