Status on government's foreign policy with regards to, Tibet as autonomous state.

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NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR WRITTEN REPLY

QUESTION NO: 23

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 19 OF 06 OCTOBER 2009

MR S MOKGALAPA (DA) TO ASK THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

What is the government’s foreign policy position with regard to (a) Tibet as an autonomous state and (b) His Holiness the Dalai Lama?

REPLY:

(a)        Tibet is not a State in terms of international law.

(b)        We have no foreign policy position on individuals. We acknowledge His Holiness the Dalai Lama as an important spiritual leader of the Tibetan people.

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