Friday, March 14, 2008

His Holiness expresses deep concern over tense situation in Tibet

Friday, 14 March 2008, 7:04 p.m. Dharamshala: His Holiness the Dalai Lama said: "I am deeply concerned over the situation that has been developing in Tibet following peaceful protests in many parts of Tibet, including Lhasa, in recent days."

His Holiness stated" "These protests are a manifestation of the deep-rooted resentment of the Tibetan people under the present governance."

As I have always said, unity and stability under brute force is at best a temporary solution. It is unrealistic to expect unity and stability under such a rule and would therefore not be conducive to finding a peaceful and lasting solution.

His Holiness said: "I therefore appeal to the Chinese leadership to stop using force and address the long-simmering resentment of the Tibetan people through dialogue with the Tibetan people. I also urge my fellow Tibetans not to resort to violence."


Chhime R. Chhoekyapa, Secretary, Mobile + 91 (09816021879)
Tenzin Taklha, Joint Secretary, Mobile + 91 (09816021813)

Video of Protest in Lhasa

Listen to National Public Radio (NPR) Coverage:
U.S. Scholar: Protests a 'Disaster' for China, Tibet

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