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Kelsang Gyaltsen urges the British government to resolve Tibet

October 13, 2008

BIJENDER SHARMA
Punjab Newsline
October 10, 2008

DHARMSHALA -- His holiness the Dalai Lama's envoy, Kelsang Gyaltsen
urged the British government to encourage the Chinese government to
show sincerity in the current discussion process to resolve the Tibet
issue in the interest of both the Tibetan and Chinese people.

According to reports reached here, Kelsang Gyaltsen envoy of Dalai
Lama on Friday  met senior officials at London  in the Prime
Minister's Office as well as with Foreign and Commonwealth Office and
Foreign Affairs Spokespersons of the Conservative and Liberal
Democrat parties during his two-day visit to UK.

He briefed the senior officials of the British government on the
ongoing plight of the Tibetans inside Tibet and on the discussion
process between the representatives of the Chinese government and
envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama since 2002.

He clarified that the issue of Tibet, contrary to the official
Chinese misinterpretation, is not about the welfare of the person of
the Dalai Lama but concerns the happiness of the six million Tibetan people.

He gave a detailed explanation on the "Middle Way Approach" of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama that not only guarantees the survival of
Tibet's culture, but also ensures the unity and stability of China.

Expressing the deep concerns especially of the Tibetans in exile for
the grave and alarming situation in Tibet, he said many Tibetans
inside Tibet describe the current difficult situation as similar to
the depressing days of the "Cultural Revolution".

He said through their "patriotic re-education" campaigns, the Tibetan
are being forced to declare total loyalty to the Chinese Communist
Party and the State.  He said despite the official Chinese
announcement that normalcy has returned to Tibet, the Tibetan areas
are still under heavy restrictions and access to these areas is
heavily restricted.

Gyaltsen said the lack of any positive initiative on the part of the
Chinese government in the dialogue process and the worsening state of
affairs in Tibet was a cause for much concern. He said it was because
of this that many Tibetans, supporters around the world and observers
feel that China's participation in the dialogue with representatives
of His Holiness the Dalai Lama is only "to deflect International criticism".

He expressed hoped that in order to make the discussions productive,
the Chinese government representatives should seize the opportunity
to seriously discuss a proposal on the "genuine autonomy" during the
next of talks.

He noted that despite the current rigid stand taken on Tibet by the
present Chinese leadership, there were many Chinese in the government
and outside who are showing a more positive attitude toward the
Tibetan problem and calling for a timely solution and even ready to
act on behalf of the Tibetans.

He also said that contrary to the official Chinese portrayal of Tibet
and the Tibetans as "underdeveloped, backward, and superstitious",
more and more Chinese through better information are showing interest
in the Tibetan Buddhist culture and even supporting their just cause.

The officials in the British government, including political leaders
and parliamentarians and members of non-governmental organizations
assured their continued interest and support on resolving the issue
of Tibet. They expressed their high sense of respect for His Holiness
the Dalai Lama and admiration for his peaceful efforts not only for
Tibet but also for the betterment of the world at large.

During his brief visit, Gyaltsen spared time to address a meeting
opportunity for the press in London that was also attended by some
Chinese journalists. He also addressed the Tibetans in UK on the
dialogue process, which, was followed by a very lively and informed
question and answer session that lasted for over two hours.

Envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen was accompanied at these governmental and
non-governmental meetings by Tsering Tashi, the London-based
Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
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