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Wednesday, 26 March 2008 - Brussels

6. Situation in Tibet (debate)

Council and Commission statements: Situation in Tibet

The President made an introductory statement in which he emphasised that the European Parliament had long supported respect for human rights in Tibet. Making reference to the incidents that had taken place in Lhasa and elsewhere since 10 March 2008, he condemned, on Parliament's behalf, all forms of violence and declared his solidarity with the Dalai Lama, who had accepted an invitation to come to the European Parliament in December 2008 as part of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue. He underlined the importance of dialogue between the European Union and China and expressed the hope that the Beijing Olympic Games would be a success, while emphasising that certain conditions had to be fulfilled, particularly as regards respect for the cultural and religious identity of the Tibetan people and freedom of the press.

Janez Lenarčič (President-in-Office of the Council) and Benita Ferrero-Waldner (Member of the Commission) made the statements.

The following spoke: József Szájer, on behalf of the PPE-DE Group, Pasqualina Napoletano, on behalf of the PSE Group, Marco Pannella, on behalf of the ALDE Group, Cristiana Muscardini, on behalf of the UEN Group, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group, Vittorio Agnoletto, on behalf of the GUE/NGL Group, Patrick Louis, on behalf of the IND/DEM Group, Bruno Gollnisch, Non-attached Member, Charles Tannock, Józef Pinior, Dirk Sterckx, Konrad Szymański, Thomas Mann, Adrian Severin, Bronisław Geremek, Marcin Libicki, Edward McMillan-Scott and Janez Lenarčič.

The following spoke under the 'catch-the-eye' procedure: Jacek Protasiewicz, Cornelis Visser, John Purvis, José Ribeiro e Castro, Milan Horáček, Tunne Kelam, Ana Maria Gomes, Ewa Tomaszewska, Marios Matsakis, Zuzana Roithová, Lasse Lehtinen, Helga Trüpel, Marco Cappato, Christopher Beazley, Mario Borghezio, Csaba Sándor Tabajdi, Zita Pleštinská, Piia-Noora Kauppi and Vytautas Landsbergis.

The following spoke: Benita Ferrero-Waldner.

As the motions for a resolution tabled were not yet available, they would be announced in the House at a later time.

The debate closed.

Vote: 10.04.2008.

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