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"Canada can, within a positive friendly atmosphere, ask the Chinese government to resolve the Tibetan situation."

Dalai Lama hints at retirement

October 27, 2008

Press Trust of India
October 26, 2008

Dharamsala (HP), Oct 26 (PTI) -- Hinting that he was planning to
retire, the Dalai Lama has said he has "given up" on efforts to
convince China to allow greater autonomy for Tibet after having led
the Tibetans' struggle for half a century.

"I have been sincerely pursuing the middle way approach in dealing
with China for a long time now but there hasn't been any positive
response from the Chinese side," the Tibetan temporal head said at a
function here yesterday ahead of the third round of talks between his
envoys and Beijing.

"As far as I'm concerned I have given up," said the 73-year-old noble
laureate, according to excerpts of the speech of the Tibetan monk
provided by the office of Karma Cheophel, Speaker of Tibetan
Parliament in-exile.

The Dalai Lama said he would now ask the Tibetan people to decide on
how to take the dialogue forward.

Cheophel, who translated the speech of the Dalai Lama at the
function, said "earlier he (the Dalai Lama) used to say that he is
semi retired but now he says he is almost completely retired." The
Dalai Lama recently underwent a gall bladder surgery in Delhi.

The spiritual leader's spokesman Tenzin Takhla told PTI today that
the Dalai Lama has called a six-day special meeting of Tibetans at
Macleodganj starting November 17 to discuss other options for
resolving the vexed Tibetan issue.

The meeting is being attached great importance as this is for the
third occasion after 1951 and 1959 that such a conclave has been organised.

After a failed uprising against Chinese, rule the Dalai Lama had fled
to India in 1959. PTI
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