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DIIR Kalon Meets with Greens Chief, Senators

October 16, 2008

October 14, 2008

Canberra, 13th October 2008: Kalon Kesang Yangkyi Takla, kalon for
the Department of Information and International Relations of the
Central Tibetan Administration, is continuing her eight-day visit to
Australia and New Zealand with two days of political meetings in the
Australian capital.

This afternoon Mrs. Takla addressed the Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee
of the Federal Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Foreign
Affairs, Defence and Trade. Mrs. Takla briefed the committee on the
current situation in Tibet and requested the Australian Parliament to
send a fact-finding delegation to Tibetan areas. She detailed the
deteriorating conditions since March including reinvigorated programs
of patriotic education, new measures to restrict movement inside
Tibet and persistent intimidation from Chinese security forces. Mrs.
Takla briefed the committee on the impending eighth round of
Tibet-China dialogue and took several questions from committee members.

In the evening Senator Bob Brown, leader of the Australian Greens,
hosted a dinner for Kalon Takla. The Australian Greens are the third
largest political party in Australia and a growing force in the
Australian Parliament. Four of the five Greens Senators attended the
dinner, along with Tenzin Atisha (Australian Representative of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama), Ngodup Gyaltsen of the Tibet Information
Office in Canberra and Paul Bourke and Simon Bradshaw of the
Australia Tibet Council. Senator Bob Brown is a long-time supporter
of Tibet who has worked hard over many years to build parliamentary
support for Tibet in Australia.

Tomorrow Mrs. Takla will give a series of interviews to the
Australian media before meeting with the Shadow Foreign Minister and
senior staff from Amnesty International Australia. In the evening the
Australian All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet is holding a
reception for Mrs. Takla. Several MPs and Senators from each party
are expected to attend the dinner.

Mrs. Takla's busy Australian schedule will conclude on Wednesday when
she departs for New Zealand.
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