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"As long as human rights are violated, there can be no foundation for peace. How can peace grow where speaking the truth is itself a crime?"

French Senate adopts resolution on Tibet

December 3, 2012

Dharamsala, Nov 30, 2012 (IANS) Concerned over the human rights situation in Tibet, the upper house of the French parliament has adopted a resolution on the region, an official said here Friday.

"The resolution is brought in view of the deteriorating human rights situation inside Tibet," a Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) spokesperson told IANS.

He said the resolution called on the European Union (EU) to give priority to Tibet within the mandate of its recently appointed EU Special Representative for Human Rights.

The resolution, proposed by an all-party parliamentary support group for Tibet in the senate, was passed Nov 27, CTA officials said.

Earlier, it was cleared by the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee.

The resolution also favoured promoting policy coordination in the EU for consistent support for dialogue between the People's Republic of China and envoys of the Dalai Lama, with the prospect of reaching a peaceful settlement beneficial to the rights of Tibetans.

The senate has taken note that the talks, aimed at finding a peaceful and mutually satisfactory solution, are currently at a standstill.

"The principles set out in the Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan People, presented by the envoys to their Chinese counterparts in October 2008, are to be taken into account to achieve a realistic and sustainable political solution to the Tibetan issue," observed the senate.

Democratically elected Tibetan political leader Lobsang Sangay, however, is insisting on early resumption of the dialogue.

Sangay, who took over as political successor to the Dalai Lama, has called on Beijing to accept the 'middle-way policy', which favours genuine autonomy for Tibetans within the framework of the Chinese constitution.

China and the Dalai Lama's envoys have held nine rounds of talks since 2002 in efforts to resolve the Tibetan issue.

The last round of talks was held in Beijing in January 2010.

CTA officials said the Tibetan Task Force on negotiations had met twice this year and would meet again next month to continue the dialogue process with the new Chinese leadership.

The Dalai Lama has lived in India since fleeing his homeland in 1959. The Tibetan government-in-exile is based in this northern Indian hill town.

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