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UPDATED: 08:40, June 18, 2007
Slovenian president meets China's Tibet Autonomous Region delegation
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Slovenian President Janez Drnovsek met on Sunday with a China's Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) delegation which is visiting there to expand the ties between the former Yugoslav country and China.

During the meeting at Strmol Castle in northern Slovenia, Drnovsek said that every individual and every country needed to play their part in fighting climate change, and large countries such as China, India and the United States have an important role to play in preventing pollution.

Drnovsek also pointed to the need to preserve cultural heritage and tradition. He said that globalization was positive as long as it made one's life easier, but must not be allowed to destroy the traditional ways of life.

Qiangba Puncog, the head of the delegation, who is chairman of the TAR government, said that he believed that the visit presented a major contribution to cooperation between the Chinese province and Slovenia.

Puncog, who arrived in Slovenia in the middle of last week at the invitation of the Foreign Ministry, said he held numerous beneficial talks with Slovenian government institutions on culture, organic farming and tourism.

Another item agreed during the visit was that a Slovenian film crew is to make a film about Tibet, he said.

Puncog and Drnovsek also reminisced about the Slovenian president's visit to the Tibetan capital of Lhasa last year.

Puncog and his delegation were received on Friday by Slovenian parliament speaker France Cukjati and the heads of deputy groups, while on Thursday he held talks with Economy Minister Andrej Vizjak and Anita Pipan, who is responsible for multilateral at the Foreign Ministry.

On Thursday, Puncog highlighted the speedy development that Tibet witnessed over the past 50 years in a lecture in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, saying economic growth in last few years exceeded 12 percent, while the GDP per capita reached 10,000 yuan (about 1,300 U.S. dollars) last year.

Source: Xinhua

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