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World parliamentarians' group urge G20 leaders to act on Tibet

June 25, 2010

By Tenzin Tsering
June 24, 2010

Dharamsala, June 24 -- Around 133
parliamentarians from 30 different parliaments
around the world have called upon the G20 leaders
to take a proactive role in resolving the Tibetan crisis.

International Network of Parliamentarians on
Tibet (INPaT) was convened last November in Rome
during the Fifth World Parliamentarians’
Convention on Tibet which was addressed by the
Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The
world parliamentarians’ network held its first
meeting on June 2 this year in Brussels and
designated the International Campaign for Tibet
as the Secretariat for the network.

Penpa Tsering, the Speaker of the Tibetan
Parliament-in-Exile, said, "We believe the
establishment of International Network of
Parliamentarians on Tibet and its Secretariat has
been a good first step undertaken to further
strengthen the coordination and network amongst
parliamentarian supporters of Tibet so as to
ensure concerted efforts for concrete results."

In a letter addressed to the Canadian Prime
Minister Stephen Harper, the parliamentarians
have sought "the protection and development of
the unique Tibetan identity" which it said could
be achieved within the “pre-existing principles
on autonomy as defined in the Constitution of the
People's Republic of China." G20 leaders meet in
Toronto from June 26 to 27 which will be
participated among others by Chinese president Hu Jintao.

The Chairman of the Tibet Inter Group in the
European Parliament, Matteo Meccaci, said, "It is
essential that the G20 leaders take the
initiative in convincing China of the necessity
to resume negotiations with the Tibetan
authorities, on the basis of the Memorandum on
Genuine Autonomy presented by the Dalai Lama in 2008."

INPaT called on China’s international
counterparts to remind it in bringing a "durable
cooperation" with the Tibetan side, who have
proposed ‘meaningful autonomy’ as the best solution for both sides.

On this year’s World Human Rights Day on December
10, INPaT will undertake a global parliamentary
initiative in reaction to the grave human rights
situation in Tibet. INPaT members from around 15
countries will attend the celebration of 50 Years
of Tibetan Democracy-in-exile scheduled to take
place on September 2 in Bylakuppe Tibetan settlement, South India.
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