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Tibetans-in-exile want Manmohan to raise Tibetan issue with Beijing

January 21, 2008

14 January 2008
Asian News International

Report from Asian News International brought to you by HT Syndication.

Dharamsala, Jan. 14 -- Tibetans-living-in-exile here have urged Prime
Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to raise the Tibetan issue with China.

They said that India had stake enough in the Tibet issue to raise it
with China during Singh's ongoing visit to the neighbouring country.

"The issue of Tibet should be raised specially from the Indian
counterpart, because India has so much stake in the whole Tibet issue. I
pray that Dr. Singh would sincerely raise this issue," said Tsering
Choeying, President of the Free Tibet of Indian Chapter.

The Tibetan also said that India could even try for a negotiated
settlement.

"Officially, there will be five memorandums of understanding which will
be signed, and in which Tibetan issue has been completely ignored. Side
lining the Tibetan issue is not the solution. Tibet is not asking too
much, in fact they were asking very reasonable thing within the Chinese
Constitution. I think this something China must consider and India must
push for," said Lobsang Wangyal, a Tibetan activist.

The Dalai Lama has been campaigning for greater autonomy for Tibet.

The Dalai Lama set up his seat of power in Dharamsala after he and his
followers had fled to India in 1959, following a failed uprising against
Chinese occupation of Tibet.

Beijing established direct contacts with the Dalai Lama in 1979. The
dialogue was suspended in 1993. But had quietly revived amid signs China
might have decided to allow a subtle but significant shift in policy
toward the Dalai Lama.

An estimated 13,40,00 Tibetans live in exile, a majority of them in
India and Nepal.

Published by HT Syndication with permission from Asian News International.
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