Participation of the Italian Government to the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games


Urgent parliamentary question to the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, submitted by Mecacci, Bernardini, Beltrandi, Zamparutti, Farina Coscioni, Vernetti, Maran and Barbi.
Considering that on April 30th 2008 the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Italy , His Excellency Sun Yuxi, with reference to the eventual participation of the political Italian authorities to the opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games, stated the following: “We sent invitations to the main Italian authorities, but until now we haven’t received any specific reply”.
Requests the Government to explain:
Whether the Government is willing to participate in the opening of the Olympic Games, considering the lack of improvement of human rights in China, starting with the ongoing refusal of the Chinese Authorities to allow the UN to create an international Commission of enquiry on the repression of the demonstrations, which took place in Tibet over the last weeks, and to allow the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Special Rapporteurs to visit the region, as required by the resolution approved by the European Parliament last 7th April.
Whether the Government is willing to start a discussion on this topic with the European Heads of States and Governments in order to define a common position of the EU Government with regard to the participation in the open ceremony of the Olympic Games, as also required from the resolution approved by the European Parliament last 7th April.
Whether the Government is willing to encourage the European Heads of States and Governments to invite as soon as possible the Dalai Lama to Brussels , in order to discuss the current situation in Tibet and its relations with People’s Republic of China .