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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Denmark to soften Tibet stance

March 5, 2010

Ice News via Phayul
March 4, 2010

The Danish government is reconsidering its position on the Tibetan
question following criticism that its statement made last December
was too strong.

The diplomatic relations between Denmark and China were suspended in
late 2009 after the Chinese became irked at the reception of the
Dalai Lama by Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen at the official
government residence of Marienborg. Subsequent Chinese pressure in
the lead-up to the COP15 summit in Copenhagen led to Danish
authorities making a statement 'against Tibetan independence'.

However, a new report by Politiken (a Danish daily) reveals that a
proposal by Conservative Foreign Minister Per Stig Moller suggests
that Parliament advocate dialogue "that ensures the Tibetans real
autonomy within the framework of the Chinese constitution, with
cultural and religious freedom and respect for human rights."

According to the Copenhagen Business School's China Expert Kjed Erik
Brodsgaard, the decision "is a clear softening of the very pronounced
formulation in December. It was a very strong wording, and one could
ask whether it was necessary to go that far."

The December statement has drawn widespread condemnation from both
the governing Danish People's Party and the opposition Red-Green
Alliance. The former has declared that the statement was merely aimed
at pacifying Chinese diplomatic relations in the lead-up to COP15.

"The climate conference is now over and we can see that there was no
result from bowing to China. The parties that signed must have a bad
taste in their mouths," said party member Soren Espersen. The
government has denied that any new formulation would changes its
December statement, as it clearly believes that Tibetan autonomy must
occur under the governance of the Chinese constitution.
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