Declaration by the EU Presidency on the situation in Tibet
Tuesday, 18 March 2008, 2:10 p.m.
Brussels: The EU is deeply
concerned about the ongoing reports of unrest in Tibet and conveys its
deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims. The EU
is urgently seeking further clarification of the situation from the
The EU calls for restraint on all sides. We urge the Chinese
authorities to refrain from using force against those involved in
unrest and calls on demonstrators to desist from violence.
The EU stresses the importance it attaches to the right of
freedom of expression and peaceful protest. We call on Chinese
authorities to respond to the demonstrations in accordance with
internationally recognised democratic principles.
The EU firmly supports peaceful reconciliation between Chinese
authorities and the Dalai Lama and his representatives. The EU urges
the Chinese government to address the concerns of Tibetans with regard
to issues of human rights.
The EU encourages both sides to enter into a substantive and
constructive dialogue with a view to reach a sustainable solution
acceptable to all that would fully respect the Tibetan culture,
religion and identity.