Paris, 24 January: Mr Tashi Phuntsok, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Office of Tibet in Brussels visited the French National Assembly, and met with the members of Tibet Group in the French Lower House yesterday.
During an hour long meeting with Mr Jean-Patrick GILLE and Mr Noel MAMERE, the co-Presidents of the Tibet Group, Representative Tashi Phuntsok extolled the virtues of France’s fundamental values of freedom, justice and equality, recognising at the same time the immense support the Tibetan people have received for their cause.
Representative Tashi Phuntsok also referred to the recent European Parliament resolution condemning the demolition and forceful eviction of Tibetan monks and nuns from the Larung Gar Buddhist Institute in Eastern Tibet. He urged the French lawmakers to lend their weight to the resolution by introducing similar resolution in the French parliament.
Both the co-presidents ensured their continued support to the just cause of the Tibetan people, and particularly to the environmental aspect of the Tibetan issue, which they said has far-reaching effects over Asia and the world.
Mr Jean-Patrick Gille and Mr Noel Mamere were accompanied by Mr Eric Elkouby, Deputy from Strasbourg and Administrative Secretary of the group Mr Jeremy Calohard, along with their respective parliamentary assistances. Secretary Tsering Dhondup and Mr Jigme Dorji from the Bureau of Tibet, Paris accompanied Representative Tashi Phuntsok to the meeting.
The Tibet Group in the National Assembly was founded in 1990 and has 45 members from across the party in the French Lower House.
-Report filed by Bureau du Tibet-