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"Federal government 'appaled' at self-immolations in Tibet

October 25, 2011

The federal government is 'appaled' at the rising number of
self-immolations in the Tibetan regions of Southwest-China. The
foreign office urged China on Friday to 'shape their policies in a way
that existing tensions are relieved' It asked the Dalai Lama - the
religious head of the Tibetans - to discourage young monks and nuns
from further self-immolations.

Out of protest the against the Chinese rule in Tibet, at least nine
persons have self-immolated in the Tibetan region of Sichuan province
since March. For the first time this week, a young nun was among the
Tibetans who self-immolated. The center of tensions is the monastery
of Kirti on the edges of Aba town (Tib.: Ngaba).

The speaker of the foreign ministry, Andreas Peschke, said, the
federal government had repeatedly urged China to allow for
transparency an access to the monastery. The federal government was
'in permanent contact on different levels'. At the same time, he asked
the Dalai Lama to excert his influence so that "these young monks do
not continue to go this terrible path.'"

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