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EU-Tibet-Dalai-Lama-2014Dharamshala: - The President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), Henri Malosse, met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala (India) earlier today.

He was accompanied by a delegation of EESC members, whose official visit included attendance of the 55th anniversary ceremonies of the Tibetan uprising, the official website of Central Tibetan Administration 'Tibet Net' reported.

During the meeting, His Holiness the Dalai Lama told the delegation that the "Middle Way Approach" of the Central Tibetan Administration does not seek independence but genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people through dialogue with the Chinese government.

His Holiness explained that the economic development of Tibet could grow rapidly by being with China. However, it is necessary that education, the environment and religious matters of Tibet be handled by the Tibetans themselves. On the other hand, the economy and defence would fall under Chinese central government's responsibility.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama also underlined the importance of the fight against corruption, as he considers corruption a form of violence and a cancer to humanity. He thus expressed his support for the Chinese President Xi Jinping's fight against corruption in his country. His Holiness asked President Malosse to express to Chinese President Xi Jinping a message of peace in the resolution of the Tibetan question during his forthcoming visit to Brussels.

Mr. Henri Malosse stated that his position is that the European Union should not negotiate on fundamental values such as the respect for human rights and the freedom of expression.

The EESC President is the first President of a European institution to participate in the commemoration of the anniversary of the Tibetan uprising on 10 March in Dharamsala.

He was accompanied during his visit by an official delegation of the EESC, composed of Madi Sharma (Employers' Group), Tomasz Jasi?ski (Workers' Group) and AnneMarie Sigmund (Various Interests' Group), and the delegation was joined by Vincent Metten, representative of the NGO International Campaign for Tibet in Brussels.

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