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Kalon Tripa affirms commitment to the Middle-Way Approach

April 22, 2008

Monday, 21 April 2008

Dharamshala: Kalon Tripa Samdhong Rinpoche reiterated on Saturday that
despite the recent upheaval in Tibet, there is no change in the policy
and possibility of any review on the Middle-Way Approach.

"The Central Tibetan Administration is open to hold meaningful dialogue
with the Chinese leadership," he said while addressing staff members of
the Central Tibetan Administration, prior to a regular prayer session on
19 April.

Terming the Chinese government's allegations as totally baseless, Kalon
Tripa said, "There is no iota of truth in their (Chinese leaders) claim
that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has blocked the door of negotiations.

"His Holiness the Dalai Lama has always supported that China should hold
the much waited Olympic Games," he said.

Kalon Tripa added: "We hope for the smooth passage of the torch around
the world and that the relay will end successfully."

However, he said, China's plan to carry the torch in Tibet will only
cause embarrassment to the people in Tibet who are suffering the brunt
of China's violent crackdown. It will bring no good to both China and Tibet.

Kalon Tripa said by resorting to force to maintain peace and order in
Tibet by the Chinese authorities has in fact deteriorated the situation,
instead of restoring normalcy.

Kalon Tripa also said His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central
Tibetan Administration have left no stone unturned in working out a
solution to the recent unrest in Tibet. The Tibetan Solidarity committee
convened by Kashag and the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile has been
successfully implementing a concerted approach.

Across all the major cities in India, a plethora of non-violent
campaigns, including peace march, candle-light processions, shaving
heads, hunger strikes, mock funerals, mock arrests and mock wounded
Tibetans were carried out since 10 March.

Western governments, including US, France, Germany and Britain have
called upon the Chinese leadership to start dialogue with
representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

There is also a growing support for the Tibetan cause from the countries
of East Asia, Kalon Tripa said.

Kalon Tripa underlined the need to sustain the high degree of support
that Tibet has received and use it in bringing positive developments in

The Central Tibetan Administration will come out with a white paper to
counter all the propaganda and baseless allegations leveled by China,
Kalon Tripa.
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