Press Release from the office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Contact: Chhime R. Chhoekyapa, Secretary, Mobile + 91 (09816021879)
Tenzin Taklha, Joint Secretary, Mobile + 91 (09816021813)
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. 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.
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.
The DALAI LAMA
Dated: March 14, 2008
(Sourced from http://www.tibet.net/ the official website of the Central Tibetan Administration.)