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Dalai Lama reaches Rome to attend convention on Tibet

November 17, 2009

Samay Live
November 16, 2009

Dharamsala (IANS)-- After a weeklong visit to
Arunachal Pradesh, exiled Tibetan spiritual
leader the Dalai Lama Monday reached Rome to
attend a convention of parliamentarians on Tibet, an aide said.

"His Holiness the Dalai Lama this (Monday)
afternoon reached Rome to attend the fifth World
Parliamentarians' Convention on Tibet that will
begin from Wednesday," Chimme Choekyappa, private
secretary to the Dalai Lama, told.

He said that the prime minister of the Tibetan
government-in-exile, Samdong Rinpoche will also address the convention.

"An 18-member Tibetan parliamentary delegation
led by speaker Penpa Tsering will also take part
in the convention," the aide said.

The convention has been organised jointly by the
Tibetan parliament-in-exile, the Italian
Parliamentarian Group for Tibet and the
International Campaign for Tibet, Europe.

The World Parliamentarians' Convention on Tibet
aims to promote the cause of Tibet through a
unified network of parliamentarians for Tibet,
and to facilitate meaningful negotiation between
the Dalai Lama's envoys and the People's Republic of China.

The two sides - China and envoys of the Dalai
Lama - have held eight rounds of talks since 2002
to try and find a solution to the Tibetan issue.

During the eighth round of negotiations in
November 2008, differences between the Chinese
and the exiles cropped up over the memorandum on
genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people submitted
by the exiles. The Chinese rejected the proposal.

Regarding China's accusation that the memorandum
sought independence in disguise, Sonam N. Dagpo,
secretary of international affairs of the
government-in-exile, has told IANS that: "We want
to settle the issue mutually and within the
framework of the Chinese constitution, law and
national regional autonomy. We do not hold any secret agenda."

Over 100,000 Tibetans live in India. The Dalai
Lama fled Tibet in 1959 and came to India. His
government-in-exile is headquartered here.

The Tibetan-government-in-exile is not recognised by any country in the world.
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