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Tibetan Parliament Thanks International Network of Parliamentarians on Tibet

The Tibetan Parliament-in-exile (TPIE) thanked Mr. Matteo Meccaci, MP Italy and Mr. Thomas Mann, MEP Germany, Co-Chairs of the newly-established International Network of Parliamentarians on Tibet (INPaT), for having called upon the G20 leaders to take a proactive role in achieving solution to the Tibet crisis.

INPaT sent a letter to Canadian Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper expressing gratitude for Canada’s concerns on the issue of Tibet and urged Mr. Harper to raise issues related to Tibet with the Chinese President Hu Jintao at the G20 Summit. The letter also called for multilateral cooperation in protecting Tibet’s fragile environment, highly critical to the rest of Asia and the world.

Gyari Dolma, Deputy Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament, said "INPaT called support for the Dalai Lama’s Middle Way Approach, which seeks to secure genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people within the scope of the constitution of the People's Republic of China, based on the mutual benefit and long-term interest of the Tibetan and Chinese people."

International Network of Parliamentarians on Tibet first convened in Rome November 2009 during the Fifth World Parliamentarians' Convention on Tibet to advance the Tibet issue in governments worldwide.

INPat represented by around 133 parliamentarians from 30 different parliaments around the world. The International Campaign for Tibet has been designated as the Secretariat of the network.

Some information for this report was provided by Tibetnet.