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"Thank you very much, Mr President, for allowing me to speak at this moment. I would also like to thank the Members of Parliament for their opinions, suggestions and initiatives put forward in this debate. As Mrs Napoletano and others mentioned, the Foreign Ministers will be meeting informally at the end of this week. That will be an opportunity to exchange opinions on Tibet, which was the topic of today’s debate in this House, and your opinions, suggestions and initiatives will be very useful. The opinions and positions of Members of Parliament will be taken into account as far as possible. I should stress that the Council will strive to speak with one voice. The Presidency will endeavour to make the Council’s statement clear. The Council will be clear in its stance on the respect of human rights, the rejection of violence wherever it comes from, and support for the freedom of expression, including the right to peaceful demonstration. As I said in my introduction, we will work in favour of dialogue between the Chinese authorities and the Dalai Lama or his representatives. We will continue to maintain contacts with our Chinese counterparts regarding permission for international journalists to visit Tibet. I have already mentioned the statements of the Ministers for Sport regarding the Olympic Games. They said nothing about the opening ceremony. Perhaps other Ministers will address that issue in due course. I would like to reiterate that the Olympic Games in China should be viewed as an opportunity to promote human rights."@en1

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