Tibet: A US Senate Urges Diplomatic Recognition
An American state Senate has adopted a resolution asking the Obama Administration and the US Congress to give "diplomatic
recognition" to Tibet and take "forceful" action to end "repression" of human rights by China in the Himalayan region.
Passed by the Vermont state Senate, the resolution called on the US Congressand the international community to treat the plight of the Tibetan people as an "urgent matter of highest priority."
The resolution adopted last week [March 2009] sought recognition of the Tibetan political autonomy and also urged the US Congress and the Obama Administration to ask China to sincerely negotiate with the representatives of the Dalai Lama to solve the Tibet Problem.
Condemning the continuing "repression" of the Tibetan people, the Vermont state Senate expressed its solidarity with the individuals who participated in the anti-China protests that occurred around the world on March 10 .
The resolution emphasised that the people of Tibet "lived in peace and harmony for centuries" and that the "army of the People's Republic of China illegally invaded" the peaceful Himalayan region.
Alleging the Tibetans have been deprived of any right to self-determination, the resolution said "it is now nearly impossible" for the people of Tibet to continue their "distinctive cultural practices and religious observances."
The resolution also highlighted those Tibetans who were killed, and those who remained missing or were in prison in the aftermath of China's crackdown on Tibetans in March 2008.