Tibetan Parliament Lauds US Senate’s Resolution on Tibet

Dharamshala: The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile expressed gratitude to the US Senate for unanimously approving a resolution urging the government of China to begin earnest negotiations with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the future of Tibet.

“The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile on behalf of the six million suffering people of Tibet, deeply thank the U.S. Senate for unanimously approving Senate Resolution 643 on September 17, 2008 urging the government of China to begin earnest negotiations with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the future of Tibet,” said Speaker Karma Chophel, in a letter written to Mr. Dick Cheney, chairman of the United States Senate, on 26 September.

“Our heartfelt gratitude is also due to Senators Gordon Smith (R-OR) and Russell Feingold (D-WI) who took the leadership to introduce the legislation,” Speaker Karma Chophel added.

He said: “The Senate Resolution 643 is a clear recognition that the parleys between the envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government since 1979 have not made any headway only because the Chinese side was not willing to enter into actual and earnest negotiations instead of just talks.”

“It is therefore high time now that the other Parliaments and Governments concerned for Tibet and China to support this resolution and impress upon the Chinese side to realise the urgency of the matter,” he added.

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