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Published by the Canada Tibet Committee

Friday, March 5, 2004



1. Martin should meet Dalai Lama, say prominent Canadians (CTC)


Canada Tibet Committee

March 4, 2004

MONTREAL -- A group of fifteen prominent Canadians sent a letter today to
Prime Minister Paul Martin, urging him to meet with the Dalai Lama when he
visits Ottawa in April. The fifteen, who make up the Advisory Committee of
the visit, include representatives from Canada's first nations, business,
non-governmental, labour and entertainment communities such as Alanis
Morissette, Alexandre (Sacha)Trudeau and Ed Broadbent.

The Canada Tibet Committee (CTC), the host organization for the visit, has
requested a meeting between the PM and the Dalai Lama, but there has been no
response to date. The letter by the members of the Advisory Committee asks
the Prime Minister to ensure that the Canadian government "...receives the
Dalai Lama with the highest level of respect due a person of his stature."
The Dalai Lama, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, visits Ottawa
from April 21-24, 2004.

"The diversity of the committee reflects the broad-based support for Tibet
among Canadians," said Thubten Samdup, National President of the (CTC). "We
hope that this will motivate the Canadian government to take concrete action
on the issue of Tibet."

As part of the CTC's Tibet-China Negotiation Campaign, more than 130 Members
of Parliament have requested the Prime Minister to broker a negotiated
solution between representatives of the Dalai Lama and China. The CTC
initiated the campaign to rally parliamentarians' support for a peaceful
resolution of the Tibet issue.

The April visit will be the Dalai Lama's fourth visit to Canada and second
to Ottawa. He has not met with the acting Prime Minister of Canada during
those past visits. Over the last few years, the Dalai Lama has met other
prominent heads of states including George W. Bush, Tony Blair and Bill
Clinton.

The Canada Tibet Committee (CTC) is an independent non-governmental
organisation of Tibetans and non-Tibetans living in Canada, who are
concerned about the continuing human rights violations and lack of
democratic freedom in Tibet.


Articles in this Issue:
  1. Martin should meet Dalai Lama, say prominent Canadians (CTC)
  2. Armenian Committee in Support of the Tibet China Negotiations



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