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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."

His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Tokyo

April 12, 2008

Tibet House, Japan

10th April 208, His Holiness the Dalai Lama transited Narita airport
early this morning on his way to Seattle, US. Mr Tshoko Lhakpa,
Representative, and the Indian Embassy Political officer, and protocol
officer received His Holiness and the entourages at the airport and
proceeded to Narita Hilton Hotel.

In the afternoon, Indian Ambassador to Japan and his wife paid courtesy
call to His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Hotel. Mrs Abe, wife of
former Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe visited His Holiness and
expressed their sympathy and solidarity with the Tibetan people. Later
Mr. Ota Seiji, Head of Political Research Committee and Human Right
Section of the ruling party paid visit and discussed about the Human
right situation in Tibet. He expressed his concern, and hoped for early
resolution of the Tibetan issue.

Media Meeting
At the request of Japanese media, a brief meeting with the media was
conducted from 3 pm to 3:55 pm at Hilton premises. 18 televisions, 29
dally and 12 magazines and radios comprising more than hundred people
attended the meeting.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama greeted the press and explained the three
mission of his life, promotion of human value, promotion of religious
harmony and to resolve Tibetan issue.

On being asked about his opinion on demonstration in England and Paris
during torch relay, he said, `right from the beginning, I supported
China as a host to Olympics. China is the most populated and ancient
country; Chinese people deserve Olympics. Despite the recent unfortunate
incident in Tibet, there is no change in my position.

`In fact, after the London and Paris torch relay, I appealed the
Tibetans in Sanfrancissco to refrain from violent demonstration during
torch relay at the region. But all have right of speech and expression;
nobody has right to say `shut up`. Implementation of this right of
speech and thought through non-violent means is well practiced in
democratic countries. The cause of recent crisis in Tibet is that this
freedom is not given to the Tibetans.`

When asked about if he has any message for Chinese people, His Holiness
said that after the 10th March crisis in Tibet, some people tried to
create an impression that the Tibetans are anti-Chinese and seeking
separation from China. He said he made an appeal to all the Chinese in
which he clearly explained his stand. `Tibet would remain within China;
this will help Tibet develop materially. But Tibet has a unique ancient
Buddhist culture; preservation of this culture and language is important
for all, in order to do so, Tibetan should have a meaningful authority.

`Some leaders in China see Buddhism as source of separation from China,
autonomy in Tibet is just on paper, current crisis in Tibet is an
indication of deep resentment of Tibetan people against the unjust
treatment. At government level, I am demonized, whether I am a demon or
not, you all can judge. But I feel sad that million of Chinese people
who has to rely only on the information provided by the State, may have
wrong impression about me and our views. So you should all (media) help
me make it clear to all, especially in China that I not as bad as
Chinese government says. ` He said with a laugh.

Regarding the violence in Tibet and about his being behind it, he said
an impartial body should do a thorough investigation in this respect.
Peaceful political uprising cannot be categorized as criminal
activities. Those who take advantage of the situation and takes to
looting and vandalism, their crime should be tried and punished.

For a message to the European, he said EU countries enjoy full freedom
of speech and thought. They are free to express their views, so people
have different opinion on different issues. That is wonderful and its up
to them. He said he greatly appreciate the genuine concern shown by the
European people especially in Germany, Britain and France.

On being asked if he would accept an invitation for opening ceremony of
Beijing Olympic, he replied that if things improve and Chinese
authorities take more realistic step to address the situation, he would
be happy to see the big ceremony amidst roaring laughter.

For a message to Chinese leadership, His Holiness said that crisis in
Tibet and Uighur are clear signal that things are not all right at the
regions. Chinese government should accept the reality, whenever there is
dissension; suppression by force is outdated in this 21st century. There
should be more transparency, the so-called state secret only creates
doubt and suspicion; this is the greatest obstacle to development of
human society.

In order for China to become super a power, it should try to take moral
responsibility in dealing with all crises. This is not only in the
interest of Tibet and Ughuir etc. but also in the interest of 1.2
billion Chinese people. So media people should help to make this message
clear to the Chinese leadership.

His Holiness Leaves Narita

Soon after the media meeting, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the
entourage left for Narita airport at 4 pm and flew to Seattle US at 4:55
pm Japan Time. Tibetans and Japanese supporters have come in large
number to see His Holiness off at the Hotel.

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