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Dalai Lama welcomes Obama's China appeal

November 18, 2009

Earth Times
November 17, 2009

Bolzano, Italy (DPA) -- The Dalai Lama, speaking
Tuesday during a visit to Italy, said he
appreciated US President Barack Obama's appeal to
Chinese leaders to hold talks with him over the
situation in Tibet. However, the exiled Tibetan
Buddhist spiritual leader said he realized that
"limits" existed beyond which the US is not able
express itself on the Tibetan issue, the ANSA news agency reported.

The Dalai Lama made the remarks as he met local
authorities in the north-eastern city of Bolzano.

Hours earlier, Obama told Chinese President Hu
Jintao that while Washington recognizes that
Tibet is part of China, it supports the early
resumption of dialogue between Beijing and
representatives of the Dalai Lama who is regarded
by China's rulers as a separatist.

Obama's comment on the Dalai Lama came as rights
groups on Tuesday said China had sentenced the
founder of a Tibetan-language website to 15 years
in prison after convicting him of "disclosing
state secrets" and sentenced a Tibetan blogger to five years in prison.

The Dalai Lama and the Chinese government have
both said they want to reach an agreement on
Tibet's future through dialogue, but signs of
genuine accord are as elusive as ever, 50 years
after Tibet's religious leader and 100,000 of his supporters fled into exile.
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