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Miriam backs autonomy for Dalai Lama

November 8, 2010

Manila Bulletin
November 5, 2010

MANILA, Philippines -- Sen. Miriam Defensor
Santiago reiterated her full support to Dalai
Lama, Tibet’s exiled religious leader and a Nobel
Peace Prize laureate, and the people of Tibet
which she said should be given more autonomy.

Sen. Santiago and Dalai Lama, both called for
peace and non-violence at the inaugural session
of the Tibet Support Groups Conference being held in New Delhi.

Santiago, last year’s nominee to the
International Court of Justice, spoke on "The
Principle of Non-Discrimination in International
Law," and pleaded for autonomy to preserve the culture and religion of Tibet.

Santiago was invited in her personal capacity as
an authority in international law, and does not
represent the view of the Philippine (PHL) government.

The PHL government, aware of Chinese sovereignty
over Tibet, prefers non-involvement in discussions on Tibet.

The PHL foreign affairs department discourages
private meetings between PH government officials and the Dalai Lama.
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