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Situation in Tibet.



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The Hon Stephen Smith MP MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Media release

15 March 2008

SITUATION IN TIBET

The Australian Government is concerned about reports of unrest in Lhasa.

We call on Chinese authorities to act with restraint and to deal with protestors peacefully. We urge the Chinese Government to allow peaceful expression of dissent.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has been in contact with, and is monitoring the welfare of, eight Australians in Lhasa at this time. Australians in Lhasa are advised to remain indoors until order is restored.

Our Embassy in Beijing is working to establish whether there are any other Australians in Lhasa and is ready to provide further assistance.

The Department's Travel Advice for China was updated on 14 March. It advises Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Lhasa at this time.

We encourage Australians in Lhasa to register or update their contact details with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and where possible, through smartraveller.gov.au.

Australians in difficulty in Lhasa can contact the Department's 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305.

Media inquiries: Mr Smith's office 02 6277 7500 - Departmental Media Liaison 02 6261 1555