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Gedhun Choekyi Nyima And Chadrel Rinpoche

Volume 570: debated on Thursday 21 March 1996

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they will ask the Government of the People's Republic of China to clarify the situation regarding the whereabouts of his Holiness the Dalai Lama's nominee as Panchen Lama.

During the second series of meetings under the EU/China Human Rights Dialogue, which were held in Peking from 21st-24th January, the EU delegation requested information from the Chinese authorities on the whereabouts and health of the Dalai Lama's nominee as Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, and the former Abbot of the Tashi Lunpho Monastery, Chadrel Rinpoche.The Chinese authorities said Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was safe and in good health, but were unable to disclose his whereabouts. We are considering with our EU partners what further action to take on this subject.