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Give diplomatic recognition to Tibet: US senate

April 8, 2009

Times of India
April 7, 2009

WASHINGTON -- An American state Senate has
adopted a resolution asking the Obama
Administration and the US Congress to give
"diplomatic recognition" to Tibet and take
"forceful" action to end "repression" of human
rights by China in the Himalayan region.

Passed by the Vermont state Senate, the
resolution called on the US Congress and the
international community to treat the plight of
the Tibetan people as an "urgent matter of highest priority."

The resolution adopted last week sought
recognition of the Tibetan political autonomy and
also urged the US Congress and the Obama
Administration to ask China to sincerely
negotiate with the representatives of the Dalai
Lama to solve the Tibet Problem.

Condemning the continuing "repression" of the
Tibetan people, the Vermont state Senate
expressed its solidarity with the individuals who
participated in the anti-China protests that
occurred around the world on March 10.

The resolution emphasised that the people of
Tibet "lived in peace and harmony for centuries"
and that the "army of the People's Republic of
China illegally invaded" the peaceful Himalayan region.

Alleging the Tibetans have been deprived of any
right to self-determination, the resolution said
"it is now nearly impossible" for the people of
Tibet to continue their "distinctive cultural
practices and religious observances."

The resolution also highlighted those Tibetans
who were killed, and those who remained missing
or were in prison in the aftermath of China's
crackdown on Tibetans in March 2008.
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