Dharamshala: - During their meeting with the Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, the political leader of Tibetan people, a group of Danish parliamentarians unanimously expressed their support for the Tibetan people in their just and non-violent struggle for genuine self-rule.
Dr Lobsang Sangay who is visiting Denmark to advocate the cause of Tibet was invited to the Danish People's Party Group Room as a guest, with a massive Tibetan national flag adorning one of the walls.
Dr. Sangay met representatives in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, on 20 May from five of the eight parties in the Danish Parliament (Folketinget) on 19 and 20 May. All 22 Members of the Danish People's Party invited Sikyong Sangay to address their meeting, where he was given a warm and enthusiastic welcome.
The opposition party of Denmark is keen to extend their support to Tibet, as was expressly mentioned by Peter Skaarup, a member of DF and Chairman of the parliamentary group.
"You would imagine that because of China's vast size and resources, the support of a smaller country like Denmark might not mean much. But contrary to beliefs, it does. Any resolution that shows support for the plight of Tibetans is a huge help for us," said the Sikyong, after giving a brief outline of the situation in Tibet, including the numerous cases of self immolation that have taken place.
The Sikyong warned the governments of the world from giving in to Chinese demands, for example, those that prevent from meeting Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. He fears that giving in to such demands will only lead to new demands for concession from the Chinese government.
"We Tibetans know the Chinese. We aren't afraid of them. But we know that if we offer them a finger, they will grab on to the whole hand," said the Sikyong. He also added "It is well known that the Chinese government call up the US government every time the Dalai Lama is supposed to visit the US. But the US government does as it pleases, without paying heed to China's demands. European governments too should follow the footsteps of the US government."
The parliamentarians unanimously expressed their support for the Tibetan people in their just and non-violent struggle for genuine self-rule. They also found inspiration in the moderate Middle-Way approach in the face of severe repression and pledged themselves to raise the Tibetan issue in the Parliament.
The Sikyong's visit was covered by the Danish press through articles in two of the three major newspapers, Global, a radio interview and an interview for the 24-hour national tv news channel, TV2 News.