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1st Europe Tibetan Congress Calls for an Intensified Action Plan on Tibet

October 14, 2008

Submitted by Steering Committee of 1st Europe Tibetan Congress
October 12, 2008

Basel, Switzerland; Oct 12 - 127 delegates from 15 countries in
Europe held a historic gathering on 11-12 October 2008 in
Basel/Switzerland and approved a set of clear plan of action to
intensify and reinvigorate the Tibetan campaign in the continental Europe.

The Congress reiterated that His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the sole
and legitimate leader of the six million Tibetans and expressed deep
concern at the on-going military crackdown in Tibet. A memorandum
calling for immediate cessation of China's defamation campaign
against His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be forwarded to President Hu
Jintao of the People`s Republic of China.

A press release issued yesterday by the congress said, " view of the
current deplorable human rights situation in Chinese-occupied Tibet,
the Congress will request the Member-States of the European Union to
designate a Special EU Coordinator for Tibet, who will encourage the
Chinese leadership to agree on a mutually acceptable solution on the
future political status of Tibet."

In a written message earlier to the delegates, His Holiness the Dalai
Lama while welcoming the Congress said, "The fact that new
generations of Tibetans, who have been born and brought up in foreign
lands, are able to follow their elders in upholding our cultural
heritage in exile and creating a greater awareness of the Tibetan
issue amongst the international public is a source of pride."

Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, Kalon Tripa of the Tibetan Government in
Exile, updated the delegates on the present political developments in
Tibet, while urging the meeting to be frank and transparent.

Following this year's uprising in Tibet the Congress unanimously
resolved to intensify their political activities and programmes to
preserve and promote Tibetan language and culture, including Tibetan
Buddhism for the benefit of Tibetan youths in Europe. Recommendations
to Tibetan Communities in Europe were agreed upon to be implemented
at the national, regional and international levels.

Delegates from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary,
Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland and UK took part in this 1st Europe Tibetan Congress.

The next Europe Tibetan Congress will be held in October 2010.
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