Danish Foreign Policy Committee to travels to Tibet

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Tuesday, 19 April 2011
The exiled Dalai Lama's visit to Copenhagen has put new focus on the situation in Tibet. And soon, Danish politicians will have the opportunity to see for themselves things on the ground in Tibet and to form an opinion on the situation in the Himalayan kingdom.

In June a delegation taken from the Danish Parliamentary Foreign Policy Committee will take on a weeklong trip to the area, said Michael Aastrup Jensen, foreign policy spokesman for the Liberal Party.

“Following the plan we’ll go to both China and Tibet,” he said.
The purpose of the trip is twofold. Board members would first like to keep track on what is happening in China, as it becomes a greater and greater world power.
Politicians will both be in contact with the officials in China and also try to get a feel how things go with human rights.

“The second part applies to Tibet. It is very important to follow up the process of introducing democracy - or the lack of establishment of democracy - and cultural autonomy, "said Michael Aastrup Jensen.


He is aware that it can be very difficult for the Danish politicians to gain access to speak freely with ordinary Tibetans outside Chinese supervision.
“Of course it is always risky when you come into a country like China and a hotspot area such as Tibet. But fortunately it's not North Korea, we will, so we can do it myself to decide where we go, and who we’ll talk to,” said Michael Aastrup Jensen.

Travel Programme for the Board members is not yet publicly available. At the same time the Danish People's Party foreign policy spokesman Soeren Espersen is preparing a parliamentary debate. He will hear whether the Government plans to withdraw the controversial "verbal note" of Tibet from December 2009.

In the Declaration, adopted by all parties except the Unity Party and Danish people’s party Denmark promised to actively oppose independence for Tibet.
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