Communication or Statement by the South African Government regarding the violent eruption of protests and the Chinese Government’s response thereto which occurred in Tibet during March 2008
FOR WRITTEN REPLY
QUESTION NO: 581
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 11 OF 28 MARCH 2008
MR AJ LEON (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:
Whether her department or the Government, in any communication or statement, addressed the violent eruption of protests and the Chinese government’s response thereto which occurred in Tibet during March 2008; if not, why not; if so, what was the nature of such communication or statement?
(1) Yes. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr N C Dlamini Zuma wrote a letter dated 06 June 2008 to the Tibet Office in South Africa in response to a circular letter entitled “An Appeal to the Chinese People” sent to the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr T M Mbeki.