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Tibet-EU-France-2013Paris: - The issue of Tibet is an 'international issue, every nation of the world has a moral responsibility to stand up for Tibet,' French parliamentarians said during their meeting with a Tibetan delegation led by Penpa Tsering, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile.

According to the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), 'the Tibetan parliamentary delegation led by Speaker Penpa Tsering met members of the French MPs and Tibet support groups, and addressed the Tibetan community in Paris during their visit to France.'

On 7 November, the Tibetan delegation met several members of the parliamentary group for Tibet in the French national assembly and Senate.

They apprised the French parliamentarians about the Chinese government's repressive policies in Tibet which is pushing Tibetans to resort to desperate forms of protests, including self-immolation.

They also briefed the French MPs about the efforts made by the Tibetan leadership in exile to resolve the issue of Tibet through dialogue and discussed ways to end the sufferings of Tibetans inside Tibet.

The French MPs assured their continued support for the Tibetan cause. Terming the Tibet issue as an "international issue", they said every nation of the world has a moral responsibility to stand up for Tibet.

They condemned the trampling of Tibetan people's rights by the Chinese government, adding that the Tibet support groups should strengthen their efforts and amplify their campaigns.

The Tibetan parliamentary delegation met members of the various Tibet support groups in France. The delegation thanked the Tibet supporters for their sustained contribution towards the Tibetan cause.

The delegation met over 200 Tibetans living in Paris and nearby areas on the evening of 7 November. They explained the policies of the Central Tibetan Administration, the current situation in Tibet, and underlined the importance of preserving Tibet's language, religion and culture.

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