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His Holiness renews calls for Tibetan autonomy

September 21, 2007

Thursday, 20 September 2007

Vienna:His Holiness the Dalai Lama reiterated the wish of six million
Tibetans for real autonomy, yesterday on the last day of his
participation in a meeting between religious leaders and philosophers in

The wish for autonomy was closely connected with concerns about Tibet's
environment, His Holiness was quoted as saying by the Austrian press
agency. While not being generally opposed to modernization, this must
not be used for exploiting Tibet's resources and speeding up population
transfer, His Holiness said.

His Holiness warned that Tibetans already were a minority in their own
country, making survival of Tibetan Buddhism very difficult. He
expressed hope that more Chinese Buddhists would come to Tibet, than
Chinese only wanting to make money.

Regarding speculation over his possible return to Tibet from Indian
exile, His Holiness said on that day he would stop being the Tibetan
head of state and put his fate in the hands of the Tibetan authorities.

His Holiness had been preparing for that step since democratising the
exile government in 2001. "I am already half retired," His Holiness said.

Speaking to journalists at the sidelines of the meeting, His Holiness
said he might meet Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer Thursday.

--Published by Deutsche Presse Agentur (DPA)

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