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April 4, 2008

Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
April 2, 2008

I would like to express my appreciation and gratitude to the world
leaders, Parliamentarians, NGOs and public who have expressed their
concern over the recent deeply saddening and tragic events in Tibet.  We
are also grateful for their efforts in persuading the Chinese
authorities to exercise restraint in dealing with the peaceful
protesters, while at the same time calling for meaningful dialogue to
resolve the issue.

I believe the recent demonstrations and protests are a manifestation of
the deep-rooted resentment not only of the Tibetan people in the
so-called Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), but also in the outlying
traditional Tibetan areas now incorporated into Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan
and Yunnan provinces, where there exist substantial ethnic Tibetans.

According to reliable sources, the Chinese authorities have deployed
large contingents of troops in these traditional Tibetan regions and
have not only started to crack down heavily on the Tibetans allegedly
involved in the unrest, but also sealed off the areas where protests
have taken place.

I therefore appeal for your continued support in calling for an
immediate end to the current crackdown, the release of all those who
have been arrested and detained, and the provision of proper medical
treatment.  We are particularly concerned about the provision of
adequate medical facilities, as there are reports of many injured
Tibetans being afraid to go to Chinese-run hospitals and clinics.

I would also request you to encourage the sending of an independent
international body, to investigate the unrest and its underlying causes,
as well as allow the media and international medical teams to visit the
affected areas.  Their presence will not only instill a sense of
reassurance in the Tibetan people, but will also exercise a restraining
influence on the Chinese authorities.

Dharamsala, India

Chhime Rigzing Chhoekyapa, Secretary Cell: +91 (0)9816021879
Tenzin N. Taklha, Joint Secretary         Cell: +91 (0)9816021813
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