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6. His Holiness Asks Khenpo’s followers to Implement His Teachings (TN)


21 January 2004

Tibet Intergroup

The President Thomas Mann

Member of the European Parliament

The EU and US should act on the opportunity presented
by renewed contact between the Dalai Lama's envoys and
Chinese officials and join forces to help move the
dialogue process forward to a mutually acceptable
solution, concluded a special roundtable meeting at
the European Parliament with the US. Special
Coordinator for Tibetan Issues who is visiting
Brussels to discuss common approaches for Tibet.

"While the Chinese government will ultimately decide
to enter into negotiations with the Dalai Lama based
on internal considerations and the case made by the
Tibetans, the 2002 and 2003 visits of the Dalai Lama's
envoys to China demonstrate that the dialogue process
clearly benefits from international encouragement,"
said Mr. Thomas Mann, President, EP Intergroup for
Tibet.

The roundtable addressed the controversial appointment
of an EU Special Representative (EUSR) for Tibet.
While the European Parliament and Council have for two
successive years financially provided for the EU
Commission to make the appointment, the Commission has
been reluctant to act. The roundtable examined how the
proposed position could better convey EU policy
interests in Tibetan issues and reinforce the U.S.'s
high-level and institutionalized commitment to
supporting the efforts of the Dalai Lama to find a
negotiated solution for Tibet.

"We hope that the visit of the US Tibet Coordinator
will lead to increased cooperation between the EU and
US on Tibetan issues. We strongly believe that the
appointment of a EUSR for Tibet would strengthen the
present fragile process of rapprochement between the
Tibetans and Chinese government," said Mr. Kelsang
Gyaltsen, European Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama from the Bureau du Tibet in Brussels.

Dr. Paula Dobriansky, US Under Secretary for Global
Affairs and Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues,
expressed appreciation for the opportunity to address
the EP Tibet Intergroup and underscored that she
looked forward to more meaningful cooperation with EU
counterparts on advancing dialogue between the Chinese
and the Dalai Lama or his representatives.
Undersecretary Dobriansky also reiterated the European
Parliament's 1998 and 2002 calls for the EU to appoint
a EUSR for Tibet.

Members of the European Parliament Intergroup for
Tibet, which convened today's meeting, called for a
common, multilateral approach for Tibet. They
dismissed the EU-China human rights dialogue as
insufficient to the urgent task of supporting a
negotiated solution for Tibet and reiterated their
call for the appointment of a EUSR for Tibet.

"Despite enormous public support for Tibet within
Europe, the EU has failed to adopt an effective Tibet
policy. The appointment of an EUSR for Tibet would
match U.S. resolve in helping secure a negotiated
solution for Tibet - and would show some difference
for the concerns of both the European and Tibetan
peoples," concluded Mr. Mann.

The Dalai Lama first put forward his call for genuine
Tibetan autonomy within the People's Republic of China
in his 1988 address to the European Parliament in
Strasbourg. China claims that the Dalai Lama is
actually seeking independence for Tibet. Until the two
visits to China by the Dalai Lama's envoys in
September 2002 and May/June 2003, there had been a
10-year impasse in direct contact between the two
parties.

The Roundtable Discussion on Tibet with Under
Secretary Dobriansky was organised by the EP Tibet
Intergroup, with the assistance of Bureau du Tibet,
Brussels, and the International Campaign for Tibet
Europe.


Articles in this Issue:
  1. Kashag Condoles the Death of an Ex-Political Prisoner (TN)
  2. Seven years out of Tibet (AT)
  3. Tibet as zone of peace must for India's security: Dalai lama (DG)
  4. Better Sino-Indian ties may help Tibetan cause: Dalai Lama
  5. His Holiness Asks Khenpo’s followers to Implement His Teachings (TN)
  6. His Holiness Asks Khenpo’s followers to Implement His Teachings (TN)



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