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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Statement by Secretary Condoleezza Rice on Tibet

March 17, 2008

Call for Calm in Tibet
Statement by Secretary Condoleezza Rice

Washington, DC
March 15, 2008

I am deeply saddened to learn that the turmoil that erupted yesterday in
Lhasa following what began as peaceful protests has resulted in the loss
of lives, and I am concerned that the violence appears to be continuing.
I also am concerned by reports of a sharply increased police and
military presence in and around Lhasa. We call on the Chinese government
to exercise restraint in dealing with these protests, and we strongly
urge all sides to refrain from violence.

President Bush has consistently encouraged the Chinese government to
engage in substantive dialogue with the Dalai Lama directly and through
his representatives so that long-standing issues with regard to Tibet
may be resolved. We urge China to respect the fundamental and
universally recognized right of all of its citizens to peacefully
express their political and religious views, and we call on China to
release monks and others who have been detained solely for the peaceful
expression of their views. We also urge China to address policies in
Tibetan areas that have created tensions due to their impact on Tibetan
religion, culture, and livelihoods.

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