Sunday, March 16, 2008

Press Release from the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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.


Dated: March 14, 2008

(Sourced from the official website of the Central Tibetan Administration.)

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