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2019.10.08 17:30

Tibet MP asks Lithuanian parliament for mediation with China

Ignas Jačauskas, BNS2019.10.08 17:30

A member of the Tibetan parliament in exile has asked the Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, to act as mediators in pursuit of dialogue between Tibet and China.

"I want to ask all the members of the parliament, please, whenever you have time meeting with the Chinese, tell them, please, to negotiate with the Dalai Lama," Thubten Wangchen told members of the Lithuanian Seimas on Tuesday.

"The Dalai Lama is not asking for independence – he wants dialogue, and then human rights."

The 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Communist People's Republic of China on October 1 means over six decades of torture, repressions and violations of human rights for the Tibetans, according to Wangchen.

And now not only Tibet, but also Hong Kong and Taiwan are also suffering from Chinese repressions, Wangchen said.

"The Chinese government has killed 1.2 million," said Wangchen. "Tibetans, they have died under the occupation of China. The communists, they don't respect any religion, neither Christian or Muslim nor Buddhist, they don't believe."

At noon, he dropped a letter for Chinese President Xi Jinping into the letterbox of the Chinese Embassy in Vilnius, asking him for peace, to respect the freedoms of religion, speech, education and democracy in Tibet and other regions of China.

Wangchen said Lithuania was already the 17th state where the plea for dialogue was made. "We want talk with you, we want to negotiate, we want peace in Tibet," he said.

Lithuania considers Tibet to be part of China, and Vilnius has endorsed 'one China' policy.