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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Pelosi calls for peaceful future for Tibetan refugees

June 22, 2010

June 20, 2010

Dharamsala, June 20 -- The Speaker of the US
House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi Sunday
called for a "more secure, just and peaceful
future for Sudanese, Tibetan and other refugees around the world".

Pelosi said in a statement issued on the World
Refugee Day, "On Sunday, United Nations World
Refugee Day, we again bring attention to the
plight of men, women and children all over the
world who have been forced to flee their homes
for safety. The theme of this year's World
Refugee Day is: 'They have taken my home, but
they can't take my future.' This is especially
fitting given the current statistics on refugees around the world.”

The UN figures indicate there are 43 million
refugees and internally displaced persons
worldwide. Sudan has the largest refugee
population - 2.6 million have been internally
displaced and 250,00 Darfuri refugees are in Chad.

"In India and Nepal, there are approximately
70,000 Tibetan refugees who have escaped Chinese
repression over the dangerous Himalayan mountain
passes. There continues to be no resolution in
sight as the Chinese government will not engage
directly with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in a peaceful dialogue.

"Today, we must honor the people of Sudan, Tibet,
and so many other refugees around the world who
have been uprooted from their homes by helping to
build a more secure, just and peaceful future," she added.

Pelosi was rebuked by China this year after she
expressed her support to the Dalai Lama’s March
10 statement. An article published March 19 by
the People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of the Chinese
Communist Party, called her "anti-China crusader
in the House" and said she always votes "no" in issues that favor China.

Pelosi and nine other members of the US congress,
met with the Dalai Lama here in March 2008 amidst
growing unrest across the Tibetan plateau. She
criticised the Chinese government’s handling of
the protests saying, "The violent response by
Chinese police forces to peaceful protesters in Tibet is disgraceful."
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