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Dear MEPs, dear members of Tibet Intergroup,
We thank you for the adoption of the 12 March resolution and for your continuedsupport to the Tibetan cause.
At the same time, we regret that this new text doesn't include any mention tothe resolution of 6 July 2000 and to the perspectives of its implementation.
Considering the upcoming elections in June 2009, we need to know that MEPs havethe will to hear their European citizens and electors. We need also to bereinforced in our European convictions and in our faith in the value andconsistance of EP resolutions.
This is why we request you to work on a draft resolution that could be submittedin the next and last sessions of the European Parliament. For this, we suggestyou (below) some points excerpted from previous resolutions adopted by yourassembly or included in some previous draft motions. We added some new andmeasured suggestions that could facilitate and appease discussions on somesensitive topics.
Thank you for your consideration,
Tibet Europe Campaign
(Suggestions for a draft resolution)-------------------
The European Parliament,
- having regard to its previous resolutions on Tibet, in particular on:a) the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising and dialogue between HisHoliness the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government (12 March 2009)b) the dialogue between the Chinese government and Envoys of the Dalai Lama (15February 2007)c) the Western China Poverty Reduction Project and the future of Tibet (6 July2000)
- recalling its commitments, included in the resolution of 6 July 2000, to callon the governments of the Member States to give serious consideration to thepossibility of recognising the Tibetan government in exile as the legitimaterepresentative of the Tibetan people if, within three years, the Beijingauthorities and the Tibetan government in exile have not signed an agreement ona new statute for Tibet, through negotiations organised under the aegis of theSecretary-General of the United Nations;
- recalling the eight rounds of dialogue between the government of the People'sRepublic of China and Envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, launched inSeptember 2002,
A. whereas the Beijing authorities and the Tibetan government in exile have not,through negotiations organised under the aegis of the Secretary-General of theUnited Nations, signed an agreement on a new statute for Tibet;
B. whereas eight rounds of dialogue between the envoys of His Holiness the DalaiLama and representatives of the Chinese government have produced nobreakthrough;
C. whereas the Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan People, producedat the request of the Chinese government and presented by envoys of HisHoliness the Dalai Lama at the eighth round of talks in November 2008 inBeijing, respects the principles underpinning the Chinese Constitution and theterritorial integrity of the People's Republic of China, but was rejected bythe Chinese government as an attempt at 'semi-independence' and 'independencein disguise',
D. whereas China has shown no readiness to take part in negociations on a newstatute for Tibet which guarantees full Tibetan autonomy in all areas ofpolitical, economic, social and cultural life, the only exceptions beingdefence and foreign policy;
E. whereas a negociation process implies to assign a status to each sides andthe European Parliament strongly supports the objective of a negociatedsettlement of the Tibetan issue.
F. whereas the recognition of the Tibetan government in exile doesn'tnecessarily presuppose to support the objective of independence of Tibet butreinforces and recognises the diplomatic action of the Tibetan government inexile which, in its political proposal, accepted to renounce independence, withno positive answer from Chinese government till now.
1. Calls on the governments of the Members States to engage solemnly and withoutfurther delay to recognise the Tibetan government in exile as the legitimaterepresentative of the Tibetan people.
2. Decides, as far as the European Parliament itself is concerned, to establishofficial relations with the Tibetan parliament in exile.
3. Calls on the Chinese government and the Tibetan government in exile to takepart in negociations on a new statute for Tibet without further delay.
4. Calls on the governments of the Member States to invite each sides to enterinto negociations and host the negociation process.