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CTC urges G20 leaders to talk Tibet with Hu

June 17, 2010

By Tenzin Tsering
June 16, 2010

Dharamsala, June 16 -- The Canada Tibet Committee
urged Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the heads
of other G20 countries to raise issues related to
Tibet with Chinese President Hu Jintao at the G20
Summit this month "through their inclusion in the
official agenda and side discussions”

The CTC posted on its website a letter it sent to
Harper and the heads of G20 nations in the wake
of G20 summit to be held in Canada from June 26 to 27.

Pointing out Middle Way Approach, Human Rights in
Tibet, Exploitation of Tibet’s Natural Resources
and Environment as the underlying concern for
discussion in G20 summit on the Tibetan issue,
the "Letter to Prime Minister Harper and G20
leaders" was sent on June 4, the 21st anniversary
of the Tiananmen Square massacre.

The CTC said the G20 summit is an "opportunity to
rally the support for Middle Way Approach
proposed by the Dalai Lama in solving the Tibet
issue, which seeks genuine autonomy for the
Tibetan nation within the purview of the Chinese
constitution. Seven members of the G8 nations had
pledged their support towards dialogue between
the Chinese side and the Dalai Lama’s envoys for
a resolution of the Tibet issue. CTC expressed
that G20 summit holds a unique opportunity in
encouraging the Chinese government towards an
effective reciprocation to the Dalai Lama’s offer.

It urged the G20 leaders to form an "unambiguous
representation to President Hu" in persuasion of
the protection of the Human Rights of the
Tibetans over "China’s use of the death penalty,
lack of fair judicial process, religious
repression and continued human rights abuses against the Tibetan people.”

The letter explained the situation of the Tibetan
natural resources under the Chinese
administration adding that the exploitation of
the natural resources by an "occupying state"
which according to the Article 55 of the Hague
Regulation shows breach of International law by the Chinese government.

The CTC also suggested the participation of the
Tibetans in the decision making and management of
the eco system, specially the Tibetan nomads.

The letter concluded with a request to the G20
leaders to use the opportunities that the summit
provides in making "Tibet a substantive and
results-oriented part of the agenda at the G20"
and generate real progress towards the realization of the Tibet solution.
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