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Tibet rights quest won't die with Dalai Lama: envoy

April 4, 2010

Press Trust of India

Tokyo, Apr 1 (AFP) The quest for greater Tibetan rights under Chinese rule
will continue even after the Dalai Lama dies, a senior envoy to the
spiritual leader said in Japan today.

"What we believe very strongly is that the issue of Tibet will not die,"
said Tempa Tsering, the chief representative of the Buddhist monk who has
been based in India after fleeing his Himalayan homeland in 1959.

"Once his holiness is dead and his soul is in the air, whatever guidance he
gives ... they'll follow it," said Tsering, the former foreign minister of
the Tibetan government in exile in India.

China indicated in March it would take a hard line on the selection of a
successor to the 74-year-old Dalai Lama.

Qiangba Puncog, Tibet's former governor, insisted the final decision on the
reincarnated successors to the Buddhist top lamas lies with Beijing.
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