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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

The Kashag's Response to Premier Wen Jiabao's Tibet Comments

March 16, 2009

We welcome the statement of Premier Wen Jiabao expressing PRC
leadership's willingness to continue contacts and consultations with the
Envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama during a press conference on 13
March 2009. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is always ready to engage with
the Chinese leadership to find a mutually acceptable solution to the
problems of the Tibetan people.

What His Holiness is seeking for the Tibetan people has already been
presented to the PRC government in writing as a Memorandum on Genuine
Autonomy for the Tibetan People by the Envoys of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama on 31 October 2008 during the eighth round of talks. The Memorandum
clearly outlines the aspirations of the Tibetan people strictly within
the constitutional principles of the People's Republic of China. Premier
Wen Jiabao appears to be trying to avoid acknowledging this document by
referring to some past statements of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

On many occasions, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has reiterated that he is
not seeking separation from the People's Republic of China. The Chinese
Premier's allegations of His Holiness the Dalai Lama seeking separation
is far from the truth. The international community is well aware of this
fact and it does not need further clarification.

We hope that Beijing will demonstrate its sincerity in resolving the
Tibetan problem.

Samdhong Rinpoche

Dated: 14 March 2009
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