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Tibetan cause faces 'setback' when Dalai Lama dies

November 20, 2009

Agence France-Presse (AFP)
November 18, 2009

ROME -- The Dalai Lama said on Wednesday his
death would be a "setback" for Tibetans'
struggle, but that he was confident the next
generation would carry on his torch.

The 74-year-old Nobel peace laureate said his
death would be a "setback, there's no doubt" but
that the struggle was not that of "just one generation."

A "very, very healthy younger generation (is) now
coming up with the potential to lead," the
Buddhist leader told a news conference in Rome.

The Dalai Lama was in Rome to attend the fifth
edition of the World Parliamentarians Convention
on Tibet, also attended by US actor Richard Gere,
a longtime Buddhist and arch supporter of the Tibetan cause.

Speaking the day after US President Barack Obama
urged an early resumption of talks between
Beijing and envoys of the Dalai Lama, the
Buddhist leader said the US government had
"consistently" supported the Tibetan people.

The White House has been "very sympathetic, very
supportive," he said. "All administrations,
whether Republican or Democrat, are concerned about human rights violations."

"Understandably, there's limitations," he added
with a laugh, in an apparent reference to the
complex but key bilateral relationship between Beijing and Washington.

The Dalai Lama spoke out against Chinese
"communist hard-liners (who) believe power comes from the barrel of a gun."

He said Tibetans were "committed to non-violence,
we are not seeking separation" -- Beijing's persistent charge.

The Dalai Lama has been living in India since he
fled Tibet following a failed uprising in 1959
against Chinese rule, nine years after Chinese troops invaded the region.

The Buddhist leader said his faith in the Chinese
people had "never been shaken."

He said that because of Chinese government
"propaganda and censorship" many Chinese people
"really developed anger towards us," adding that
they "have the right to know the reality."
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