Statements of the EC and the Council on the situation in Tibet, plenary session of the EP
End production: 24/03/2010 First transmission: 24/03/2010
On 24 March 2010, Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration, took part in a plenary session of the European Parliament, on the situation in Tibet, in Brussels. The Members of the EP, showed their disappointment about the absence of the European Union Council rotating Spanish Presidency and the missing presence of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, in this debate on the Human Rights situation in Tibet.
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||Extrior view of the European Parliament, in brussels
||Soundbite by Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration (in ENGLISH): it is evident that differences with China on Tibet remain; we have real concerns about the Human Rights situation in Tibet, about the fact that Tibet had remained largely closed for the International Media, diplomats and Humanitarian organisations and also about the lack of progress in the talks with the representatives of Dalai Lama and the Chinese authorities.
||Soundbite by Laima Liucija Andrikienė, Vice-Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Human Rights (in ENGLISH): the European Parliament insists on the importance for the European Commission, to support development and Civil society projects in favour of the Tibetan population, in Tibet and Tibetan refugees in exile: India, Nepal, Bhutan, in economical and social fields such as health and nutrition, livelihoods and education, access to jobs, gender issues and revitalisation of settlements.
||Soundbite by María Muñiz De Urquiza, Chairwoman of the Delegation to the EU/Chile Joint Parliamentary Committee (in SPANISH) saying that they are in favour and welcome the talks between Tibetan Representatives and Chinese Government; there should be mutual agreement that respects the cultural minority rights and it should be in the framework and integrity of the territory of Tibet, in other word a Single State.
||Soundbite by Niccolò Rinaldi, Member of the EP (in ITALIAN) saying that if we look at the demographic balances in Tibet, it is very worrying; and we can see the military suppression which occurred to 2 years ago and all this is worrying; the Tibetan culture and Tibetan spirituality is part of the Human Heritage and it is being lost; the Communist attitude to spirituality is one of non-comprehension; there is genocide of culture in Tibet.
||Soundbite by Heidi Hautala, Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Human Rights (in FINNISH) saying that if the European Union has not the nerve to defend Tibet, nobody else will do it or not many others will do that and they can follow the suite of President Obama who dared to meet the Dalai Lama, she thinks it is quite normal that the High Representative would do something similar; and here in the European Parliament, they need to keep this issue alive.
||Soundbite by Charles Tannock, Vice-Chair of the Delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (in ENGLISH): Tibet should be giving a maximum autonomy and we know that it is possible under the one country system mantra that applies not just to Hong Kong, but also to Macao, so why not Tibet? Beijing will undoubtedly dismiss our concerns in the European Parliament as an unwarranted intrusion in their affairs, but a fresh and a more relaxed approach to Tibet by the PRC could well pay dividends for Chinas internal as well its external image in the world; but I also would like to add my voice that I deeply regret the fact that there no Council Presence of the rotating Spanish Presidency or of the High Representative of Foreign Affairs.
||General views of the plenary session (5 shots)