Tibetan Youth in UK call on PM Tony Blair to encourage Hu Jintao to meet the Dalai Lama
London, 8-10 November: Tibet was a fully independent country until the Chinese occupied it in 1959. China's violation of Tibet's territorial integrity was denounced as an aggression by virtually all states of the free world. For the past 46 years, under the dynamic leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan people have been struggling to regain their lost country through non-violent movement.
In recent years, the People’s Republic of China and the Tibetan Government-in-Exile has re-established their contacts to resolve a peaceful solution on Tibet by holding meetings between their representatives. A fourth meeting was held in Berne, Switzerland, the first time the two parties have met outside of China. So far, there was no fruitful outcome from the meetings. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has clearly stated that the Tibetan approached from dialogue to a meaningful negotiation is sincere and genuine for the interest of both China and Tibet. Instead the leaders of People’s Republic of China are pushing the time behind for negotiation with unnecessary preconditions, thus delaying a process.
Tibet has a historic relation with the British government. So, it is imperative that the British government should encourage China’s leaders to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama to resolve the issue of Tibet. The British government should also facilitate practical, substantive and genuine support to Tibet.
On the occasion of China’s President Hu Jintao’s State Visit to the United Kingdom [UK] from 8-10 November 2005, we the Tibetan Youth in UK are calling upon PM Tony Blair to urge Hu Jintao to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama in order to resolve 55 years of occupation of Tibet. By meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Hu Jintao will prove that he indeed wants a peaceful and sustainable solution to the issue of Tibet.
“Today, the Tibetan Youth in UK are in the street of London to protest against Hu Jintao and the Chinese government for their brutal killing of our brothers and sisters. We want to show our strength and solidarity to our brave Tibetan fellow inside Tibet” said Karma, a youth activist living in London.
About hundred Tibetan youth joined by Tibet support groups are staging a series of demonstrations during the two days state visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao in London. “China, the only communist country in the world is still occupying Tibet and continues to torture our brothers and sisters. We are the voice of voiceless people. ” said Dhargyal, another youth activist.
Mr.Hu and his wife Liu Yongging will meet Prime Minister Tony Blair and stay at Buckingham Place at the invitation
of the Queen. He will also meet the Lord Chancellor, Lord Mayor and the All Party Parliamentary Group on China at
Westminster Hall. Her Majesty and Hu Jintao will formally open and tour the ‘China: The Three Emperors, 1662-1795’
exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Issued by: Tibetan Youth in UK