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Nancy Pelosi Urges Negotiated Settlement For Tibet

July 9, 2010

RTT Staff Writer
RTT News
July 8, 2010

United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has
expressed sincere hope that Beijing would soon
invite the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the
Dalai Lama, for substantive talks for a
meaningful autonomy for Tibet under Chinese rule
and called for a negotiated settlement of the issue.

"His Holiness has expressed a willingness to
visit China and engage directly with high level
officials. It is my sincere hope that Beijing
will send a confident message by inviting His
Holiness to China for substantive discussions,"
Pelosi said in a statement issued on Wednesday on
the occasion of the 75th birthday of the Dalai Lama.

Stating that the exiled spiritual leader has made
the human rights situation in Tibet an issue of
international concern, and that it is long past
time to resolve it, Pelosi said a negotiated
agreement would ensure internal stability in
Tibet and bolster China's reputation in the world.

For thousands of people across the globe, Pelosi
said, the Dalai Lama is a source of spiritual
refuge and a connection to inner peace and harmony.

"On the 75th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama, I offer my continued appreciation of his
life's work promoting compassion, peace, and
human rights for all of the people of the world," she added.

The Democratic lawmaker and a harsh critic of
China's human rights record said the Dalai Lama
had traveled the world, building bridges between
the different faiths and used his position to
promote wisdom, compassion, and non-violence as a
solution not only in Tibet but to other world conflicts.

The statement from Pelosi came a month after she
called for a 'more secure, just and peaceful
future' for Tibetan and other refugees around the
globe on World Refugee Day (June 20).

Asserting that in India and Nepal, there are
approximately 70,000 Tibetan refugees who have
escaped Chinese repression over the dangerous
Himalayan mountain passes, she said there
continued to be no resolution in sight as the
Chinese government would not engage directly with
His Holiness the Dalai Lama in a peaceful dialogue.

Ever since Chinese troops took control of Tibet
in the 1950s, Tibetans have fled to India and
Nepal seeking religious and other freedoms. China
views the Dalai Lama, who fled Tibet in 1959, as
a dangerous separatist and accuses him of
inciting unrest to claim independence for Tibet.

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