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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."

Canada's Political Parties Support MWA

October 2, 2008

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Dharamshala October 1 – All major political parties of Canada support
the exile Tibetan government’s policy of middle way approach of seeking
genuine autonomy within the framework of the People’s Republic of China.
The Canada Tibet Committee posted answers to five questions it posed to
the major political parties of Canada on Tibet and China policies.

The Conservative Party says it is “committed to upholding core Canadian
values of freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law around
the world. We support the Dalai Lama's position to seek genuine regional
autonomy for the Tibetan people within China, and that this be achieved
through substantive negotiations between the Chinese government and the
Dalai Lama.”

The Green Party says it supports the “position taken by His Holiness the
Dalai Lama, which implies a distinct Tibet within and as part of China.
This must be done through an agreement with the Tibetan
government-in-exile that satisfies concerns around cultural survival,
human dignity and religious freedom. This would also recognize the role
of the Dalai Lama as spiritual leader.” The Green Party will encourage
continued dialogue, and if called upon by both sides, we would be happy
to facilitate the current dialogue process toward a peaceful resolution.

“We would work towards a formulating a Canadian government strategy with
the goal of accepting more Tibetan refugees from Nepal and India,” said
Green Party in an answer to one of the questions.

The Liberal Party stated it “always advocated and will continue to
advocate for the respect of human and civil rights in Tibet. We strongly
encourage the government of China to work with the Tibetan people in a
constructive way to resolve the situation in Tibet in a manner that
fully respects human rights, international law and Tibet’s unique
cultural identity.”

“Liberal policy towards China is one of constructive engagement. We will
be candid with the Chinese government in raising concerns about human
rights, but the goal must be to get results. Public lectures of the
Chinese may play well politically in Canada, but they tend to be
counter-productive in our bilateral relations. We need to convey
expectations to China, but we must understand that China views the
Tibetan situation as a domestic issue.”

The New Democratic Party says China should engage in good faith
negotiations to establish greater autonomy for Tibet within the greater
Chinese family. It reaffirmed its commitment to support human rights in
China, including the collective self-determination rights of the people
of Tibet. “The government of China must respect the freedoms of
religion, speech and assembly for Tibetans.”

“While Canada-China trade is an important component of bilateral
discussions, Canada must adopt a more transparent, comprehensive, and
publicly accountable bilateral process with China, one in which human
rights concerns and the environment are central.”


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