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India wants Tibet issue resolved through dialogue

April 24, 2008

New Delhi April 23, 2008 (PTI): India on wednesday said it wants the
Tibet issue to be resolved by Tibetans and China through dialogue and
not through force.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said India's policy on Tibet
has been consistent since 1949 when New Delhi gave recognition to the
People's Republic of China with Tibet as its autonomous region.

"So far Tibet is concerned, our position has all along been that the
issue has to be resolved between different sections of the people of
Tibet and People's Republic of China through dialogue and not through
force," he said during an interaction with journalists at an orientation
programme on Parliamentary reporting.

"In 1949, when we recognised the People's Republic of China at that
point of time we also recognised that Tibet was an autonomous region of
the People's Republic of China," he said.

Mukherjee said there was no contradiction in India's policy on China and
asylum given to the Dalai Lama.

"Our giving shelter to the Dalai Lama and 1,86000 Tibetan refugees in
India is not contradictory because we believe in the basic principle if
'vasudhaiva kutumbakam' which means the universe is my home," he said.

"Whoever has asked for shelter, we have given -- from Dalai Lama to
Taslima Nasreen," the minister said, adding that the guests have to have
some responsibility.

He also hinted that Tibet and China have a long historic past and
cultural and linguistic affinities.

Asked whether the issue of Tibet can be seen as that of decolonisation,
Mukherjee said "there is a subtle difference on where it begins."
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