In a joint statement, chairman Holger Haibach and vice-chair Harald Leibrecht welcomed the European Parliament resolution and called on the German government to work towards an implementation of the resolution in the EU Council. According to the statement, there must be a full investigation of the incident and those responsible held accountable. The incident at Nangpa-pass would be “sad evidence of the grim political and human rights situation in Tibet”, the statement concludes, whereas a peaceful solution of the issue of Tibet could only be reached “through dialogue between the Dalai Lama and his representatives and the Chinese leadership”.

On Thursday this week, the German government stated in parliament that it would consider raising the issue in the upcoming bilateral human rights dialogue with Beijing on 30 to 31 October. Staatsminister Erler called the Chinese explanation for the incident “unconvincing”.