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'Expect No Miracle, But Strengthen Sino-Tibetan Friendship': His Holiness

August 9, 2009

Central Tibetan Authority (CTA)
August 7, 2009

Geneva, 6 August -- "The issue of Tibet needs to
be solved. How to do it is something we need to
discuss," His Holiness told a gathering of
Chinese and Tibetan scholars and officials at a
conference organized jointly by the International
Fellowship of Reconciliation and the
Swiss-Tibetan Friendship Association. (see below
full text of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's speech)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama said he wanted to
hear new ideas and suggestions from the Chinese
brothers and sisters on how the issue of Tibet
can be resolved based on the Middle-Way Approach.
His Holiness said, “The purpose of our meeting is
that obviously there is a problem. In Tibet,
there is a crisis. Huge demonstrations were there
all over Tibet. Severe restrictions were imposed.
These demonstrations grew out of grievances
through the generations. Most of the people who
participated in the demonstrations are young.
There is a need for a realistic response.”

On the other hand, His Holiness said, "Our
contacts with the Chinese government is becoming
difficult. So we are reaching out to our Chinese
brothers and sisters. There is growing support.”
His Holiness said that to date there were more
than 600 articles written in Chinese, all
positive, on the issue of Tibet. "So it is our
mutual responsibility to solve this issue without
separation," His Holiness the Dalai Lama said.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that it is
important for those Chinese scholars who
understand the issue of Tibet to write and make
things clear on the issue of Tibet to others. For
the Chinese scholars to understand the issue
better His Holiness said he makes it a point to
frequently meet as many Chinese as possible. His
Holiness said, "This is an enlarged meeting. I
expect no miracle. But this forum is one to
strengthen friendship between Chinese and Tibetans."

In the morning His Holiness held two meetings,
one with the Chinese and the other with the
international media. In the afternoon His
Holiness inaugurated a conference called Finding
Common Ground. This conference will go on till 8
August. His Holiness the Dalai Lama's inaugural
address was followed by an address by Yan Jiaqi,
a leading social scientist who served as a senior
adviser to Zhao Ziyang, the ousted prime minister
of China who passed away in 2005.

Yan Jiaqi said His Holiness the Dalai Lama
represented not only Tibetans in exile but also
Tibetans in Tibet. Yan Jiaqi listed all the
qualities of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, 'his
selflessness', 'his sense of compassion' and 'his
ability to promote non-violence'. Yan Jiaqi said
all these qualities gave great strength to the
Tibet movement. He said, "In China I did not
realize the power of religion. Now I realize the
power of religion." He added that it is the right
of every Tibetan to return to Tibet.

Professor Samdhong Rinpoche, Kalon Tripa, also
addressed the delegates. (See below)

After the inaugural session, Professor Samdhong
Rinpoche spent about two hours fielding questions
on a wide-range of issues from the Chinese
audience, which all said was very useful to their
understanding of the nature of the Tibetan
struggle and the approaches made by the Central Tibetan Administration.

The next two days the plenary will be split into
smaller groups so that fresh ideas can be
discussed to help resolve the vexed issue of Tibet.

There are over 100 Chinese and Tibetan scholars
attending this conference from more than 12 countries across the globe.
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