The following news was also run by AFP, the newswire:
In the United States, a lawmaker on Monday introduced a resolution to Congress that would urge China to end its "repression" of the Himalayan region.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a longtime supporter of Tibet, vowed that Congress would "overwhelmingly" approve the bill on Tuesday.
"If freedom-loving people do not speak out for human rights in China and Tibet, then we lose the moral authority to talk about it in any other place in the world," she said to loud applause....
China, however, rejected the US resolution and called for it to be withdrawn.