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Tibetan Parliament express gratitude to Italian and European MPs for raising Tibet issue

July 2, 2010

by Tenzin Norbu, TPiE Secretariat
Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
June 30, 2010

Dharamshala -- The Tibetan Parliament in Exile
sent letters to Honourable Mr. Matteo Meccaci, MP
Italy and Honourable Mr. Thomas Mann, MEP
Germany, Co-Chairs of the newly established
International Network of Parliamentarians on
Tibet (INPaT) expressing gratitude for having
raised issues of Tibet with the World leaders and
for having urged the leaders of G8 countries to
take a proactive role in achieving a negotiated
solution to the crisis in Tibet through dialogue
between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama's envoys.

In a letter to Prime Minister of Canada, INPaT
strongly appreciated the concerns of Canada on
the issue of Tibet. The letter categorically
stated that the Dalai Lama's Middle Way Approach
seeks to secure genuine autonomy for the Tibetan
people within the scope of the constitution of
the People's Republic of China, based on the
mutual benefit and long-term interest of the
Tibetan and Chinese people. The Parliamentarians
also urged multilateral co-operation in
protecting Tibet's fragile environment, highly
critical to the rest of Asia and the world.

Dolma Gyari, Deputy Speaker of the Tibetan
Parliament-in-Exile, said: "We are encouraged by
the unwavering support of INPaT. Since 2008,
seven members of the G8 have already expressed
support for the dialogue between the PRC
government and representatives of His Holiness
the Dalai Lama to resolve the ongoing
differences. I believe that G8 and G20 leaders
have far more concrete support to offer to bring
more effectiveness in resolving the issue of
Tibet peacefully through dialogue".

INPaT has urged G20 leaders to consider the proposals :

1.To undertake independent, International
scientific assessments of the changes in the
Tibetan Plateau's ecosystems, water resources and
land use policies. The participation of
scientists and relevant stakeholders from Tibet
and those nations that depend on Tibet's water
resource which is necessary for examination,
analysis and interpretation of conditions on the
plateau. This will facilitate an equitable and
durable approach to adapting to and mitigating
the effects of climate change in the region,
including ecosystem restoration and management of
the plateau's grasslands and forests.

2.To integrate the participation of Tibetans,
especially nomads, in the decision-making and
management of the plateau's natural resources.
Their experience is essential not only for
understanding ecosystem changes, but also for
addressing the threats of desertification and
erosion. Government policies removing nomads from
the grasslands are a misguided attempt to reduce
desertification. There is scientific evidence
that nomads' management of the grasslands
facilitates ecosystem stewardship and helps restore areas already degraded.

3. To encourage multilateral collaborative
decision-making and governance of the Tibetan
plateau's water resources, including all regional
and local stakeholders. Such cooperation will
enhance the effectiveness of mitigation policies
and promote equitable adaptation strategies that
can reduce the risk of conflict over competition for water resources.

International Network of Parliamentarians on
Tibet first convened in Rome last November during
the Fifth World Parliamentarians' Convention on
Tibet which is being represented by around 133
parliamentarians from 30 different parliaments
around the world. The International Campaign for
Tibet has been designated as the Secretariat of the network.
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