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Rights Group Hopes for Constructive Talks between US President and His Holiness

February 14, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
February 13, 2010

Dharamshala -- Welcoming President's Barack
Obama's decision to meet His Holiness the Dalai
Lama on 18 February, a Washington DC-based human
rights group advocating the cause of Tibetans has
hoped the two would have "constructive talks" on the situation in Tibet.

"The meeting is an opportunity both to deepen
their relationship and discuss forward steps in
US support for the Dalai Lama's leadership, and
his approach of seeking a solution for Tibet
through dialogue with the People's Republic of
China," the International Campaign for Tibet said.

"We also hope for a constructive meeting as the
Tibetan people have demonstrated to the world
their increasing frustration with the situation
in Tibet, and many are suffering for doing so. We
believe that President Obama understands what is
at stake for the Tibetan people and has a role to
play as the leader of a nation founded on
universal principles of freedom and justice,"
ICT's Vice President Mary Beth Markey said in a statement.

The meeting reflects an historic and
internationally-shared recognition of the Dalai
Lama as an important and valued spokesperson for
human rights and human dignity, and US
government's support for the Tibetan people's
struggle against oppression, Markey added.

Meanwhile, Central Tibetan Administration
spokesman said the meeting is certainly
encouraging for Tibetans in and outside Tibet. It
is an indication that the United States takes
very seriously that the issue of Tibet is
resolved with the China government, Mr Thubten Samphel told ANI news agency.
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