April 2, 2009
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MEPs Call Upon China to Renew Talks on Genuine Autonomy for TibetThursday, 2 April 2009, 3:10 p.m.

 European lawmakers take part in a voting in support of a resolution urging
the Chinese government to consider the Memorandum for Genuine Autonomy
for the Tibetan people of November 2008 as a basis for substantive
discussion, in Strasbourg on 12 March 2009/Photo:Pietro Naj-Oleari

Dharamshala: The
members of the European Parliament (MEP) on Tuesday urged the European
Union to make an formal appeal to the Chinese government to restart the
negotiations on the memorandum for the genuine autonomy for the Tibetan
people, The Parliament.com reported.The appeal was made
during the course of a public hearing organised by the European
Parliament’s foreign affairs committee, which was attended by Mr
Kelsang Gyaltsen, envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The
hearing came in the wake of a call by EU external affairs commissioner
Benita Ferrero-Waldner for new talks between Beijing and His Holiness
the Dalai Lama’s representatives.Envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen told the parliamentary hearing that the fight for Tibetan autonomy will “never end.” (click here for full statement)He
told MEPs that His Holiness the Dalai Lama represented the “spiritual
and cultural struggle” of Tibetans against continuing Chinese rule.”However,
we also have to plan for the day when His Holiness the Dalai Lama is no
longer with us. That is why we have instituted the basis for a sound
democracy in Tibet,” he told the hearing.”Some Tibetans fear that China will never engage in meaningful dialogue over the issue of Tibetan autonomy.”Even
so, the message I want to convey today is that the struggle for
Tibetans to be able to enjoy democratic freedoms and basic human rights
will continue.”On that there is unanimity,” said the envoy,
whose main task is to facilitate talks between the Central Tibetan
Administration in exile and Beijing.Italian ALDE deputy Marco Cappato criticised the Chinese for not attending the hearing.He said: “The Chinese authorities have lost an important chance to have a dialogue with the Dalai Lama’s representatives.””Now
we urge the EU to formally appeal to the Chinese authorities to restart
the negotiations to recognize Tibet’s real autonomy,” Cappato said.’Even
Benita Ferrero Waldner admitted the important role of the memorandum
presented by the envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.’The MEP
said, “This was the last opportunity in this legislation for our
assembly to discuss this important matter and China’s presence would
have shown them the importance parliament gives to finding a solution.”
Related reports:Envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen addresses EP Foreign Affairs Committee on Sino-Tibetan DialogueEU Parliament Urges China to Consider Memo on Genuine Autonomy for TibetHis Holiness addresses to the plenary session of the European ParliamentMEMORANDUM ON GENUINE AUTONOMY FOR THE TIBETAN PEOPLE

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