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"Canada can, within a positive friendly atmosphere, ask the Chinese government to resolve the Tibetan situation."

Dalai Lama representative meets Hungarian opposition officials

April 8, 2009

The Budapest Times
April 7, 2009

Budapest, April 7 (MTI) -- The Dalai Lama's
representative in central and eastern Europe,
Tseten Samdup Chhoekyapa, met Zsolt Nemeth, head
of parliament's foreign affairs committee, in Budapest on Tuesday.

After the meeting Nemeth, a deputy of Hungary's
main opposition Fidesz party, told a news
conference that government's Tibet policy was
flawed. He said that a clearer and more straightforward position was needed.

Nemeth mentioned the lengthy procedures people
from Tibet faced before being granted refugee status in Hungary as one example.

Nemeth noted, however, that there was a political
consensus over the "one China" policy and none of
Hungary's political parties thought it should be revised.

However, granting Tibet real autonomy would send
an important message to the international
community, said Nemeth. It would make it clear
that autonomy does not necessarily involve
secession and instability but was a mode for settling ethnic conflicts.

Tseten Samdup said that Hungary could be
instrumental in helping Tibet if people
approached their parliamentary representatives to
support its case, and called on China to change its policy.

Tseten Samdup noted that his agenda had not
included talks with Hungarian government representatives.

He will also meet the head of parliament's human
rights committee (who is an opposition deputy).

He added that the Dalai Lama, who had so far
visited Hungary six times, may visit the country again.
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