International Resolutions & Recognition on Sino-Tibetan Dialogue

Excerpts from the Statement of Commissioner for External Relations released on 15 December 2005

In a statement on behalf of Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner, released on 15 December 2005, Gunter Verheugen, Vice-President of the European Commission, said, "The Commission shares the concerns of the European Parliament regarding the human rights situation in China, in particular the detention of monks and closure of monasteries in Tibet as well as constitutional developments in Hong Kong. These issues are very high in the agenda of our dialogue with China." The Vice-President further added, "We hope that a solution compatible with the Chinese sovereignty and the respects of the Tibetan population will be found soon. In our view, to reach this ultimate goal, there is no other alternative but a peaceful process based on dialogue. We have called for years, and will continue to call, for the establishment of such a dialogue. We therefore fully support the process which has been taking place over the past years between Beijing and the representatives of the Dalai-Lama. We firmly believe that only such a direct dialogue can be conducive to a lasting solution of the Tibetan issue. In our view, the opening of a direct dialogue should not be made subject to any precondition. On the other hand, the respective parties should refrain from taking any step which would compromise the establishment of a climate of confidence which appears as indispensable if a solution were to be reach."

Excerpts from the European Parliament Resolution on Tibet and Hong Kong adopted on 15 December 2005

The European Parliament,

  • having regard to its previous resolutions on Tibet and the human rights situation in China,
  • having regard to the Joint Statement of the Eighth EU-China Summit held in Beijing on 5 September 2005,
  • having regard to the lack of progress in the EU-China Human Rights Dialogue,
  • having regard to Rule 115(5) of its Rules of Procedure, 
    • Calls on the Government of the PRC to continue the dialogue with the representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama;

Urges the Conference of Presidents to invite His Holiness the Dalai Lama to address the European Parliament during 2006

Excerpts from the European Parliament resolution on Tibet [P6_TA-PROV(2005)0010], January 2005

The European Parliament,

  • recalling its earlier resolutions on Tibet and the human rights situation in China,
  • having regard to its resolution of 18 November 2004[1] on Tibet, the case of Tenzin Delek Rinpoche,
  • having regard to the human rights dialogue between the EU and China,
  • having regard to religious freedom in China and in particular the case of Julius Jia Zhiguo, bishop of the northern Chinese province of Hebei,
  • having regard to Rule 115(5) of its Rules of Procedure,
    • F. whereas, at the request of the then European Council, the Council is currently re-examining the embargo on arms sales to China which was decided and implemented in 1989,
    • G. whereas the Chinese Government recently received representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama,
  • Calls once more on the Government of the People's Republic of China to stop its continued violation of the human rights of the Tibetan people and other minorities and to ensure that it respects international standards of human rights and humanitarian law, as well as religious rights;
  • Calls on the Council and the Member States to maintain the EU embargo on trade in arms with the People's Republic of China and not to weaken the existing national limitations on such arms sales; considers that this embargo should be maintained until such time as the EU has adopted a legally binding Code of Conduct on Arms Exports and the People's Republic of China has taken concrete steps towards improving the human rights situation, inter alia by ratifying the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and by fully respecting the rights of minorities;
  • Calls on the Government of the People's Republic of China to step up the ongoing dialogue with the representatives of the Dalai Lama so as to reach a mutually acceptable solution to the Tibet issue without further delay;
  • Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the UN Secretary-General, the Chinese Government, the Governor of Sichuan Province, and the Chief Prosecutor of the Sichuan Provincial People's Procuratorate.