Danby heading to the Dalai Lama’s birthday celebration

June 6, 2009 by Henry Benjamin
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Federal Labour MP Michael Danby will lead a six-member parliamentary delegation to India to visit the Dalai Lama.

The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama

Representing the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, the delegation will visit the Tibetan leader at his Indian base at Dharamsala…the first time an Australian Government group has done so.

During the July 1 to 6 visit, Danby and his fellow parliamentarians will participate in the public celebration of the Dalai Lama’s 74th birthday.

The group will hold talks with the Tibetan government in exile and will visit the Tibetan Children’s Village as well as meeting newly-arrived refugees and former political prisoners.

During their stay in India, the group plans to meet high level officials at the Indian Foreign Ministry.

Danby said: “Our delegation is not official, but it represents a significant step in Australia’s support for a peaceful resolution to the Tibetan situation. We hope to return with a greater understanding of the Tibetan issue.”

Danby chairs the All- Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet. Members traveling to India with him will be Senators Nick Xenophon, Sarah Hanson-Young, Scott Ludlam and MPs Peter Slipper and Melissa Parke

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