January 30, 2009
   Posted in News Flash
Published By Tashi

British Prime Minister Urged to Raise Tibet Issue with Chinese Premier Friday, 30 January 2009, 11:07 a.m.

 His Holiness the
Dalai Lama (L) meets with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown at
Lambeth Palace on 23 May 2008 in London, United Kingdom/GETTY IMAGES

LONDON: Following
announcement in the official Chinese media of Premier Wen Jiabao’s
coming visit to the UK to hold talk with Prime Minister Gordon Brown
about “enhancing bilateral financial cooperation”, the Office of Tibet
in London has written to the British Prime Minister to also take the
opportunity to discuss “the humane issue of Tibet”.The Chinese Premier is reportedly visiting the UK from 31 January to 2 February. In
a letter faxed to the Prime Minister on 27 January, Mr. Tsering Tashi,
Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Northern Europe,
Poland and the Baltic Countries, urged Britain to “take the high moral
ground by giving due priority to human lives and rights in Tibet and
China over temporary economic gains”. Expressing deep concern
for the situation in Tibet, Mr. Tashi among other things, urged the
Prime Minister to “effectively persuade the Chinese Premier to end the
brutal treatment of the Tibetans inside Tibet” and to “encourage
resumption of the Sino-Tibetan dialogue to resolve the Tibet issue”. The
London Office of Tibet has also written yesterday to the Conservative
Party leader Mr. David Cameron and the Liberal Democrat leader Mr. Nick
Clegg to add their voice in urging the Prime Minister to raise the
Tibet issue bearing in mind Britain’s moral and historical
responsibility to do so. Besides Prime Minister Brown, both these
leaders also met His Holiness last May and expressed their support for
the Tibetan leader’s Middle-Way Approach to resolve the Tibet issue. In
his letter to the Prime Minister, the Chairman of the All Party
Parliamentary Group for Tibet, Mr. Harry Cohen, said, “There has been
evident failure to make progress in the spasmodic talks between the
Chinese authorities and representatives of the Dalai Lama. This is the
fault of the Chinese. They have taken a hard line against any form of
autonomy, which as you know is the UK Government’s policy for
resolution of the dispute. Premier Wen should be urged to give serious
impetus to the Sino-Tibetan dialogue to bring about a just agreement”. The
London Office of Tibet has followed its letter to the British
leadership by sending to them and others in the region the statement of
appeal issued yesterday by the Kashag on the re-launch of Chinese
government’s “strike hard” campaign in Tibet that is purportedly aimed
to silence any Tibetan dissent. The appeal urged the Chinese
authorities to immediately call-off the “strike hard” campaign and put
an end to their hard-line policies in Tibet and called upon
parliaments, governments and individuals around the world to actively
speak up for Tibet. 
–Report filed by the Office of Tibet, London

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