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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."

China proposed power restoration to honour return: Dalai Lama

July 10, 2008

ZeeNews (India)
July 9, 2008

Ajmer, July 08 -- Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Tuesday
claimed that the Chinese government had recently proposed to him a
five-point programme and assured that all his powers, suspended since
in 1956, would be restored once he returned to China.

Talking to media, the Dalai Lama who came here to offer prayers at
the Khawja Moinudeen Chisti Dargah, said he dismissed the proposal
since "it was the question of the future of six crore Tibetans and
not of his powers."

"Chinese government has never understood the heritage, culture and
traditions of Tibetans. This is the root cause of all problems, but
they are holding me responsible for this very fact", he said.

"Prior to the 1959 crisis, there was a 17-point agreement between
Tibetans and Chinese government. As the then Communist government
failed to comprehend the Tibetans' culture, the crisis aggravated," he said.

He recalled that though the Chinese government had softened its stand
and became "liberal" in 1980, the favourable situation did not last
long to reach a lasting solution.

The Buddhist leader would offer prayers at the tomb of the Sufi saint tomorrow.

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