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Dalai Lama concerned about Tibet situation

February 16, 2010

Central Chronicle (India)
February 15, 2010

Dharamsala, Feb 15 -- Ahead of his planned
meeting with United States President Barack
Obama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai
Lama has expressed concern over the situation
inside China-controlled Tibet calling it "critical".

The Dalai Lama on Sunday addressed hundreds of
Tibetan exiles who gathered at Tsuglagakhang
-main Buddhist temple here to offer prayers to
mark Losar - first day of Tibetan lunar calendar.
"Tibetans here (in-exile) enjoy freedom, where as
the situation is otherwise for Tibetans inside
Tibet," said the Dalai Lama, asking the exiled
Tibetan community not to lose hope.

"Despite facing great problems in Tibet for many
years, the Tibetan people living inside have
shown indomitable courage and sincerity in
standing up to the situation," said the 75-year
old spiritual leader, seeking high-level autonomy for Tibet.

The Dalai Lama asked the Tibetan community to
restrict themselves from Losar festivities, which
traditionally last for about two weeks.

"Tibetans are marking the year as a year of
remembrance of Tibetan people's suffering.
Tibetans inside Tibet have wished not to
celebrate Losar," the Dalai Lama said. Dalai Lama
did not make any mention about his scheduled visit to the US.

Earlier in the morning, the Dalai Lama presided
over traditional prayer ceremony at the main
Buddhist temple located outside his mansion in McLeodganj.

Apart from hundreds of exiles, the ceremony was
attended by Tibetan ministers, parliamentarians,
staff members and monks and nuns from various monasteries.
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