WASHINGTON, DC—Representative Eliot L. Engel (NY), the top Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Representative Matt Salmon (AZ), Chairman of the Asia Pacific Subcommittee, along with co-Chairmen of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, Representatives Joseph Pitts (PA) and James McGovern (MA), announced on 24 June that they have introduced a measure calling for meaningful dialogue and a negotiated settlement for the people of Tibet (H.Res. 337). The resolution also acknowledges the contributions of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in advance of his 80th birthday, including his tireless efforts to promote, through peaceful means, genuine autonomy for the people of Tibet.
“Throughout his life, His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, has championed greater understanding, harmony, and respect among all religious faiths. As the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people, he has been a model for all of us on the importance of preserving the cultural, religious, historical, and linguistic heritage—not just for the Tibetan people but for all people. His Holiness has done outstanding work to safeguard the environment in the Tibetan plateau, to promote democracy among the Tibetan people, and to champion non-violent conflict resolution,” said Rep. Engel.
“This resolution reaffirms the unwavering friendship between the Tibetan people and the United States, and I’m proud to offer it along with Representatives Salmon, Pitts and McGovern,” he added.