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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Canada Tibet Committee thanks Canadian MPs

February 15, 2007

(Montreal, Thursday, 15 February 2007) – The Canada Tibet Committee wishes to thank Canadian MPs for unanimously urging China and representatives of the Dalai Lama to continue their dialogue towards a peaceful resolution of Tibet’s relationship with China.

Since the late 1980s, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has repeatedly called for a Middle Way approach that confers genuine autonomy for Tibetans within the People’s Republic of China. The Canada Tibet Committee believes that today’s Motion will help reinforce and advance the Middle Way approach of the Dalai Lama.

The House of Commons adopted the following motion moved by Peggy Nash (Parkdale – High Park, NDP):

“That in the opinion of the House the government should urge the Government of the People's Republic of China and the representatives of Tibet's government in exile, notwithstanding their differences on Tibet's historical relationship with China, to continue their dialogue in a forward-looking manner that will lead to pragmatic solutions that respect the Chinese constitutional framework, the territorial integrity of China and fulfill the aspirations of the Tibetan people for a unified and genuinely autonomous Tibet.”

A similar resolution was also passed today by the European Parliament. The Canadian Senate also has a comparable Motion that they are now debating, moved by Senator Consiglio Di Nino.

The Canada Tibet Committee is a non-governmental organisation of Tibetans and non-Tibetans living in Canada, concerned with the continuing human rights violations and lack of democratic freedom in Tibet. The CTC is committed to the principle of non-violence and opposes the use of violence as a means of resolving conflict. The Canada Tibet Committee recognizes the Tibetan Government-in-exile as the legitimate representative of the Tibetan people.

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For more information:
Dermod Travis
Executive Director
Canada Tibet Committee
514.487.0665

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