ANCC Condemns the Use of Violence in Tibet

Armenian National Committee of Canada
Comité National Arménien du Canada
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March 17, 2008
Contact: Roupen Kouyoumjian

ANCC Condemns the Use of Violence in Tibet

Ottawa – The Armenian National Committee of Canada (ANCC) has
condemned the use of violence against the unarmed monks and civilians
in Tibet.

The heavy-handed use of force to quell the Tibetan people’s attempt to
express their dissatisfaction with the Chinese government and the
suppression of basic civil and human rights in Tibet is unacceptable,
said ANCC.

As a member of the international community, the Chinese Government has
an obligation to provide more religious and political freedom to the
people of Tibet. ANCC called on the Chinese government to size its
arbitrary arrests of civilianise.

Restraint, dialogue, and negotiation to grant Tibet autonomy will put
an end to the troubled Chinese-Tibetan relationship of the past 50
years. A peaceful settlement would honour the aspirations of the
people of Tibet and help the people of the region to achieve peaceful
and civil coexistence.

`The ANCC would like to express its deep sorrow and condolences to the
Tibetans and to the Dalai Lama, their spiritual leader, for the loss
of innocent civilian lives,’ stated Dr. Girair Basmadjian, ANCC
president. Basmadjian said that he hoped `wiser and cooler heads will
prevail and put and end to the bloodshed and unrest.’ -30-

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