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22 May 2008

Barrett welcomes Dalai Lama to Westminster

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, today called on Gordon Brown to take a tougher stance with China over the future of Tibet after the Edinburgh West MP met with the Dalai Lama at the House of Common.

After the meeting, John Barrett said: 

“It was an honour and a privilege to welcome the Dalai Lama to the Houses of Parliament.

“The Dalai Lama remains the best hope of securing a peaceful settlement with the Tibetan people. Britain should be clear in its support for a negotiated autonomy for Tibet, yet this requires a level of political engagement that Gordon Brown appears unable or unwilling to deliver.

“Our Government should be robustly calling on China to agree to structured and timetabled negotiations on Tibet – Instead, the Prime Minister is wasting the opportunity to pressure China to honour the spirit of the Olympic Charter.

“Gordon Brown should not attend any Olympic ceremonies until China re-opens Tibet to the foreign media in line with its commitment to the International Olympic Committee.”

John Barrett MP welcomes the Dalai Lama to Westminster

John Barrett MP welcomes the Dalai Lama to Westminster

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