Tibetan MPs join their EP counterpart at EP Inter-Parliamentary Conference

DHARAMSHALA: A four-member delegation of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile led by Mrs. Dolma Gyari, Deputy Speaker of the Tibetan parliament, and Tempa Tsering, Minister for the Department of Information and International Relations, set out to attend the Inter-Parliamentary Conference at the European Parliament.

The two-day conference beginning today is convened by Mr. Thomas Mann, member of the European Parliament and President of the EP Tibet Inter-Parliamentary Group.

Deputy Speaker Dolma Gyari is expected to address the parliament tomorrow along with Thomas Mann, Hans-Gert Pottering, President of the EP, Kelsang Gyaltsen, Representative of the Dalai Lama for European Affairs, and President and Vice-President of the political groups in EP.

There is workshop on the environmental pollution in China and the Olympic Games 2008 Beijing during the conference.

Isabel Hilton, columnist for British newspaper, author of The Search of the Panchen Lama, and editor of a website devoted to climate change and environment, will speak on the environmental pollution in China at the workshop.

A panel discussion will be held for the second workshop on Olympic Games 2008 Beijing. The speakers are Pal Schmitt MEP, former Olympic gold winner in fencing, Peter Stastny, MEP, participant of 4 Olympic Games, and Jean-Paul Marthoz, Belgium columnist and former international press director for Human Rights Watch.

The Tibetan MPs will meet the Tibetan community in Belgium on 8 November and Mrs. Dolma Gyari is expected to speak at the gathering.

They will return to India on 12 November.

The delegation includes Mr. Sonam Damdul, Mr. Sonam Topgyal and Mr. Tsultrim Woeser.

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