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Dalai Lama to meet Indian envoy on Lankan

January 23, 2009

The Times of India
22 Jan 2009
CHENNAI: Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has said that he will meet the Indian foreign secretary Shivshankar Menon regarding the ongoing Sinhalese military onslaught against Tamil Tigers.
At a press conference held at the University of Madras, the Dalai Lama when asked if he would appeal to the Buddhist Sri Lankan rulers to call for a ceasefire replied: "The government of India's foreign secretary has just returned from a visit to Sri Lanka. I will consult with him when I reach delhi on Thursday."
He made it clear that he will not be going to Sri Lanka. "My first foreign visit to Sri Lanka was proposed in 1960 and the Sri Lankan ministry of external affairs had given its clearance. But last minute there was indefinite postponement," he said adding that the then Sri Lanka Prime Minister Srimavo Bandaranayake was very close to the Chinese.
Voicing his opposition against use of force, the Dalai Lama said "I pray and hope some peaceful resolution is arrived at in Sri Lanka. I think the Lankan government should accept reality. I don't want to interfere in these things," he said in reply to a question if he approved of the military action by the Buddhist rulers of Sri Lanka.
The Dalai Lama did not see any major change in the policy of America under Barack Obama's leadership. "I know the new President is very sympathetic and so is the new US secretary to state. But officials of the US state department have their policies and these will continue," he said.
The Tibetan leader was confident that "it is only a matter of time" before Tibet gets autonomy. Hitting out at the Communist Party of China for alienating itself from the working class, he said "Using force in Tibet for stability can happen only for the short term. In the long term, stability must come out of (mutual) trust. Sooner or later in the interest of China as a whole, the government has to deal with the Tibetan issue realistically."
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