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03october20091The European Parliament has been urged by His Holiness the Dalai Lama's representative in Brussels to assist the Tibetans in their efforts to achieve meaningful autonomy and improved rights in Tibet, the EU's news bulletin The Parliament reported on September 30th.

Speaking at a lively debate on Wednesday, Mr. Tashi Wangdi, the EU representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, "We want the EU to reach out to China on the Tibetan issue". He accepted there is no "magic wand" to solve the Tibetan issue, but said he hoped the EU would lend its support to the cause of his compatriots.

Addressing a packed conference the following day, to mark the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China, Mr. Wangdi said, " China continues to distort the facts over the Tibetan issue and this leads to hatred and racial problems. Contrary to what Beijing says, Tibetans do not seek independence but merely meaningful regional autonomy and improved rights. A solution to this problem is possible."

Edward McMillan-Scott - a parliamentary vice-president and critic of the Chinese regime - said China's celebrations come at a time when the country is still riddled with repression and human rights abuses: "The message I hope comes out of this event is that we take this matter very seriously."

Other speakers included former Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe leader Graham Watson, and Thomas Mann, a German European People's Parliament member who chairs the assembly's Tibetan friendship group. He called for the parliament to appoint a special envoy to Tibet, hoping this might lead to improved relations with China.

In November 2008, His Holiness the Dalai Lama presented the Chinese leadership with the Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan people:

(Click here for Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan people)

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