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"Mr President, the core issue in the current crisis in Tibet is not only about oppression, it is also about secession. The violence in Tibet today is not only about human rights but also about power-sharing. The lack of transparency is deplorable, as much as the provocative measures are manoeuvres. Certainly we must ask the Chinese authorities to deal with these events in compliance with respect for human rights in a civilised, transparent and proportionate way. At the same time, we must also recognise the right of China and the right of any state to take appropriate measures to protect the lives, freedoms and fortunes of its citizens as well as the public good. Undoubtedly, China is not organised in accordance with European principles and values of democracy and human rights. However, one cannot deny the opening-up of China in a Chinese evolution convergent with some of our values. It is our right and duty to encourage that process and to insist on respect for human rights, including cultural rights and the protection of cultural identity everywhere in China, not only in Tibet. Likewise, we should support democratic freedoms against both autocracy and theocracy. However, in doing that, we must bear in mind that excessive pressure is more likely to slow down the reforms rather than to speed them up. In this period, we should ask all those concerned not to make human rights the hostage of geostrategic agendas or to make the Olympic Games the hostage of political ambitions. The Olympic Games should be a well-used opportunity for us to speak about peace, freedom and human dignity all over the world, in China first and foremost."@en1

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