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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Kalon Tripa inaugurates the Mass Movement of the Middle-Way Approach

February 19, 2008

18 February 2008

Tibetan people have reinforce their commitment on the Middle-Way
Approach, as the best and mutually beneficial solution in resolving
the issue of Tibet, by forming a people's movement.

Dharamshala: The first Tibetan people's movement was formed to support
the Middle-Way Approach to peacefully resolve the issue of Tibet. More
than 400 people gathered during the inaugural ceremony of the two-day
conference of the mass movement held at Yongling school on 15

In his opening remarks, former MP Yonten Gyatso, a member of the mass
movement emphatically said: "The Tibetan people as a whole has shown
strong support to the people's movement of the Middle-Way Approach."

"Based on the principle of non-violence, the movement aims to achieve
genuine autonomy for all Tibetans living in the three traditional
provinces of Tibet, so that, Tibetans could preserve Tibetan culture,
language, religion and national identity," he added.

In his message to the members of the mass movement, His Holiness the
Dalai Lama said: "A growing number of educated Chinese people viewed
the Middle-Way Approach, unanimously adopted by the Tibetan people as
the most beneficial method to offer mutual benefits to China as well
as Tibet."

His Holiness underlined that Tibetan people to put sustainable effort
in the preservation and protection of our tradition and cultural
heritage. The younger generation should excel in specialized fields of
study, His Holiness added.

His Holiness underlined the importance of promoting better
understanding of the meaning of Middle-Way Approach to the Chinese and
people from different countries.

Lauding the inception of mass movement, Chief Guest Kalon Tripa
Samdhong Rinpoche said, the Middle-Way Policy has kept alive the issue
of Tibet and gained respect and support from across the world.

Urging the members to keep the mass movement sustainable on a long
term basis, Kalon Tripa expressed his hope that a sincere faith with
clear understanding of the Middle-Way Approach will greatly benefit in
resolving the issue of Tibet. He stated that it will send an
unambiguous message to the People's Republic of China, of our
commitment to the approach.

The Middle-Way Approach is a policy proposed by His Holiness the Dalai
Lama, and the then Assembly of Tibetan People's Deputies unanimously
adpoted a resolution on 18 September 1997 in support of the policy.
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