Team in Dharmshala
Himachal Reporter | 06 Jul 2009

A 6-member Australian parliamentary delegation will be meeting Tibetan Spiritual Leader the Dalai Lama and other senior officials of the Central Tibetan Administration during their six-day visit to Dharamsala, which begins  today.

The delegates will pay visits to Tibetan educational, medical and cultural institutions,and speak to the members of Tibetan NGOs.The delegates are part of the All-Party Parliamentary group for Tibet at the Australian Parliament.

The delegation headed Mr Michael Danby, member of the Australia Labor Party and convener of the Australian All-Party Group for Tibet. The other members are Peter Slipper, Liberal MP; Senator Nick Xenophon, Independent member of the Australian Senate; Melissa Parke, Labor MP; Senator Scott Ludlam, member of the Australian Greens and Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, member of the Australian Greens reached this northern indian town on Wednesday.

"This is a significant step in Australia's support for a peaceful resolution of the Tibetan situation,” Mr Michael Danby head of the delegation told to reporters. “We hope to return with a greater understanding of the Tibetan issue and with new ideas for providing constructive support for Tibet's future," he added.

The group reached  Dharamsala along with Ngodup Gyaltsen of the Canberra-based Tibet Information Office, and Simon Bradshaw of the Australia Tibet Council.

The group will visit New Delhi next week  to hold meetings with members of India's newly elected parliament, including members of the foreign affairs committee.The delegation will leave Dharamsala on 6 July