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Peace in Tibet is common interest of India, US

April 3, 2008

The Indian Express
Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The US, which has been stressing China to hold dialogue with the Dalai
Lama to end the violence in Tibet, on Wednesday said that return of
peace to the autonomous region was in the common interest of Washington
and New Delhi.

“We are concerned about the violence in Tibet. We would like to see a
dialogue between China and the Dalai Lama so that peace returns there,”
US Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Evan A
Feigenbaum told a press conference in Kolkata.

Stating that US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice had the opportunity
to discuss the matter with External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee
during the latter’s visit to the US last week, Feigenbaum said, “India
and the US have a common interest to see peace return in Tibet.” Both
President Bush and Rice have urged their respective Chinese counterparts
to go for a dialogue with the Dalai Lama, Feigenbaum said.

In reply to a question, he said the US was committed to the nuclear deal
with India and expressed hope that deal would be done sometime this year.

“This will be a good deal for both India and the US. It will help
address the issue of energy security at a time of rising global demand.
It will also address the issue of non- proliferation of (nuclear
weapons),” he said.
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