Norwegian Parliamentary Delegation to Visit TibeThursday, 30 October 2008, 9:30 a.m.
Dharamshala: A cross-political delegation from the Norwegian Parliament headed by Vice President of Parliament, Olav Gunnar Ballo (Labour party) will visit Tibet to know about the present political, economic and social conditions. The visit will take place from 9-17 November. “The purpose of the visit is to increase knowledge of the political, economic and social conditions in Tibet,” said Mr Olav Gunner Ballo.In addition to a visit to capital Lhasa, the delegation will tour Gyantse and Shigatse, where they will hold talks with a number of representatives from local authorities, visit to a school and religious sites.The delegation aims to have a broad dialogue, including issues related to human rights, during their meetings with local representatives. The delegation asked China to allow a Tibetan interpreter from Norway on the visit but was turned down.“This is the first official delegation from any country after the March protests and I hope that the delegation will understand that their program will be severely controlled by the Chinese authorities,” said Chundak Koren of the Norwegian Tibet Committee. “We were happy that we had the opportunity to brief the delegation on the real situation in Tibet.”The delegation include Olav Akselsen (AP), Solveig Horne (FRP), Sonja Sjøli (H), May-Helen Molvær Grimstad (Christian People’s Party), Rune Skjælaaen (SP) and Gunvald Ludvigsen (V).The visit will also include a stay in Beijing.