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Press Release: Norwegian Parliament (Stortinget) Rejects Chinese Pressure

April 28, 2009

Norwegian Tibet Committee
April 27, 2009

Press Release

Norwegian parliament (called Stortinget) was due
to host a luncheon for a visiting delegation from
China earlier this week, but the April 20 event
turned into a diplomatic standoff. Member of
Parliament Olav Gunnar Ballo, a member of justice
committee, had been asked by his colleagues to
host the luncheon and it was agreed from both
sides few weeks before the visit took place.  Mr
Ballo, however, was elected recently new chairman
of the Norwegian Tibet Committee at their general
meeting on 28 March   and Chinese authorities
demanded that the Norwegian parliament find
another host for the luncheon. The Chinese said
they wouldn’t attend the luncheon otherwise, so
the parliament cancelled it.  Norwegian Tibet
Committee is pleased that the Norwegian
parliament wouldn’t let itself be dictated by Chinese authorities.

Mr Olav Gunner Ballo was head of the Parliament
delegation to Tibet and Chine in November 2008 he
is also leader of all party parliamentarian group for Tibet.

Contact:  Chungdak Koren + 47 95024443
Den norske Tibet Komité (Norwegian Tibet Committee)
Menneskerettighethuset
Tordenskioldsgt  6b
0160 Oslo
Tel: 22479222 Fax: 22479201
Email: info@tibet.no    www.tibet.no
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