European lawmakers are calling on China to open talks with Tibet's spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.
The E-U forum on Tibet says it wants to immediately appoint an E-U special envoy to help facilitate an open dialogue between the two parties.
Speaking in Brussels, E-U spokesperson, Thomas Mann, said China's reputation would be enhanced dramatically if it showed a clear commitment to negotiate with the Tibetans.
An envoy to the Dalai Lama Kelsang Gyaltsen told European lawmakers that the E-U is in a good position to play a more effective role in resolving the issue peacefully.
The Dalai Lama says he is not planning to ask for independence.
He told a Japanese newspaper (last week) that he is seeking autonomy and China should implement the so-called "one country, two systems" framework it uses in Hong Kong and Macao to Tibet.