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British MP Raises Tibet in Parliament Debate Following Recent Visit

October 20, 2009

Tibet Custom
October 19, 2009

Dharamshala -- "I was privileged to take part in
a Parliamentary delegation to Tibet and China
last month and to be able to raise with our
Chinese hosts questions about the effect of Tibet
on China’s relationship with the west, and the
number of human rights abuses that have taken
place in Tibet,” North Wiltshire MP James Gray said in his web site.

"Yesterday I took part in a Westminster Hall
debate in which I raised some of these issues further," Mr Gray said.

"In my view, the Chinese Government should hasten
negotiations face to face with the Dalai Lama,
possibly involving third nation interlocutors, so
that the role and status of the Dalai Lama should
not cloud relations between the free world and China,” he said.

"Human rights abuses, which the delegation raised
with our Chinese hosts, should not lead to the
wholly illogical stance of those who call for a ‘Free Tibet," he added.

Mr Gray said the United States and European Union
supported His Holiness the Dalai Lama's position
that "Tibet should have an autonomous status
within the framework of the Chinese constitution."
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