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Austria demands an end to violence in Tibet

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Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik said Sunday that Austria was “deeply disturbed by serious violations of human rights in Tibet” and called for “an immediate end to violence and blood-spilling” there.

She appealed to Chinese authorities to respect the right to free expression of opinion and to avoid unnecessary and unreasonable violence against Tibetan demonstrators.

Plassnik also called on Chinese officials to make contact with exiled Tibetan leader Dalai Lama to help create conditions for peaceful coexistence in Tibet.

She added that recent events had shown how important the protection of culture and religion was in Tibet.

She pledged that Austria would work with other EU member states to convince Beijing to ease up in Tibet.

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