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Dalai Lama’s middle-way policy reaffirmed

December 12, 2008

Merinews - New Delhi,India
December 10, 2008
 
The Tibetan parliament-in-exile reiterated Dalai Lama’s middle-way policy on the occasion of the 19th anniversary of the conferment of the Nobel Peace Prize to its spiritual leader. It also called for continuous dialogue with China..
 
THE TIBETAN parliament in-exile has categorically made it clear that it would remain steadfast to follow the middle-way policy with great confidence. It would strengthen the level of dialogue with the Chinese people and create awareness amongst the international community about the memorandum on genuine autonomy for all Tibetans.
 
The main function of 19th anniversary of the conferment of the Nobel Peace Prize on Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama was organised at Dharmshala. Large number of Indians, foreigners along with a battery of dignitaries of the central Tibetan administration, including the chief justice commissioner, justice commissioners, members of the Tibetan parliament-in-exile, the heads of the autonomous bodies and secretaries of the departments attended the function.
 
Somdong Ripoche prime minister of Tibetan parliament-in-exile, while addressing the function to commemorate the confluence of the 19th anniversary of the conferment of the Nobel Peace Prize on Dalai Lama, the International Human Rights Day and the Himalayan festival at Dharmshala, said, "We complied by delivering a detailed explanation in writing of how the provisions of a genuine autonomy as stipulated in the constitution of the People’s Republic of China and its law on national regional autonomy could be implemented, thus clearly demonstrating to the world the position of the two sides.
 
"This, we believe, will serve as a definite agenda if in the future dialogues were to be continued between the two sides. And even if dialogues do not take place for the time being, nobody can speculate on or distort the real intentions of His Holiness the Dalai Lama because the Chinese people and the international community have been clearly informed of his intentions," he added. "The entire responsibility for the future status of our dialogues – irrespective of what it is going to be – lies squarely on the Chinese leaders. The Tibetan side has already made all the required clarifications and brought a process of dialogue that began in 2002, to its logical conclusion," he asserted.
 
Rinpoche said: “The door of dialogues always opens should the leaders of the People’s Republic of China be willing to continue discussions on the memorandum we submitted.
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” He added that the support given to the middle-way approach by the overwhelming majority of Tibetan people during the historic special general meeting held in Dharamshala, clearly demonstrated the enlightened political vision and understanding and the firm stance and unified force of the Tibetan people at the grassroots level. It also showed that our democratic process has reached a high point of maturity, for the Tibetan people partook in the special meeting with a sense of responsibility within themselves, he pointed out.
 
The deputy speaker of the Tibetan parliament-in-exile, Dolma Gyari, appealed to the government of India and the countries which respect human rights to extend their continued support for the Tibetan cause.
 
Gyari expressed deep gratitude and appreciation to the international community, including governments and parliaments and common people, for supporting the middle-way policy of the central Tibetan administration to resolve the issue of Tibet.
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