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Published by the Canada Tibet Committee

Monday, August 6, 2001



1. Give Kasmiris right to self-rule: Dalai


The Times of India
Monday, August 6, 2001

CHENNAI: Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on Sunday asked India
and Pakistan to consider the right to self-rule as a means for resolving
the Kashmir tangle.

Inaugurating the South Asia Peace Conference here, he said the two
countries could follow the middle path adopted by Tibetans in exile, who
had decided to end their struggle for an independent homeland if they
were given genuine self-rule by China.

Referring to the recent India-Pakistan summit, he said though nothing
had come out of it, the talks had, however, opened the door for
negotiating peace between the two nations and in Jammu and Kashmir.

Endorsing the plea by the Hurriyat Conference that they be involved in
the talks on the Kashmir issue, the Dalai Lama said, The peoples
inclusion in the talks could influence its outcome.

Though I have no association with the Kashmir issue, yet I feel that it
is my moral duty to comment on it. I feel that it (the middle-path
approach) should not be ignored without a try, he
said.

Speaking at the conference, Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq said a
solution to the unrest in the Valley could be found only if the people
were involved in the negotiations. In a related development, the
Hurriyat has invited the Dalai Lama to visit Kashmir to understand the
problems being faced by the people there. Demanding that the Hurriyat
Conference should also be made
part of the talks, the Mirwaiz said, Nothing came out of the talks held
between India and Pakistan in Shimla, Tashkent and Lahore.

Stating that the people of Kashmir wanted peace, he said Mahatma Gandhis
principles of non-violence and tolerance were relevant today in the
border state.

The Mirwaiz and Lone had a brief meeting with the Dalai Lama after the
conference. The Mirwaiz said the Dalai Lama had also invited the
Hurriyat leadership to visit Dharamshala.


Articles in this Issue:
  1. Give Kasmiris right to self-rule: Dalai
  2. Hurriyat invites Dalai Lama to Kashmir
  3. China appeals to fashion world to stop buying 'chiru' fur



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