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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Dalai Lama Offers To Send Peace Agents

June 18, 2008

Resolution to conflicts is sought through law
Pam Marie Ko
South China Morning Post (SCMP)
June 17, 2008 

The Dalai Lama has offered to send representatives to China to
persuade Tibetans to refrain from protesting, and to resolve
conflicts with Beijing according to the constitution, said Samdhong
Rinpoche, prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile.

In an interview, Samdhong Rinpoche said the Dalai Lama had never
requested his return to China "for his own sake" and the
government-in-exile wanted only "sincere implementation" of Beijing's
policies  towards minorities for Tibetans.

Samdhong Rinpoche said the Dalai Lama had written a letter to
President Hu Jintao after Premier Wen Jiabao said in Laos in April
the Dalai Lama should use his influence to bring normality to Tibet
after the disturbances in March.

"If there is co-operation from [Beijing], his holiness is very happy
to send his representative to various Tibetan areas: No1, to ask them
not to protest, and No2, to ask them to address [the issues] within
the constitutional framework of the People's Republic of China. We
can find our solution within the constitutional framework," he said.

The interview - held in Dharamsala, India, site of the
government-in-exile's headquarters - came as the two sides worked on
a new round of meetings that were postponed from June 11 to probably
next month because of the Sichuan earthquake.

In Beijing, the Foreign Ministry said preparation for the talks was
still under way. On June 5, Xinhua reported that police had arrested
16 Tibetans - mostly Buddhist monks - for three bombings in April and
blamed the "Dalai Lama clique" for orchestrating the attacks.

The Dalai Lama has said on many occasions that he does not seek
independence, only autonomy for the  6 million Tibetans in China.

"We are demanding only the sincere implementation of the autonomy
provision in China within the constitution." Article 4 states:
"Regional autonomy is practised in areas where people of minority
nationalities live in compact communities; in these areas organs of
self-government are established for the exercise of the right of autonomy."

Samdhong Rinpoche said the Dalai Lama would not seek any political
position and would stand by a pledge he had made to Deng Xiaoping in
1979 that he had given up any demand for independence.

"He thinks he gave his word to Deng Xiaoping ... as a Buddhist monk
... [and] once he said it, he cannot take it back. So that is why he
has repeatedly said `as long as I live ... I can assure that we will
not seek separation or independence'," he said.

The spiritual leader had also turned down requests to support Team
Tibet - exiled Tibetans who opposed Beijing hosting the Olympic Games
- when he visited Germany last year, thereby showing his support for the Games.

As for the Dalai Lama's role if he were allowed to return, the
professor said: "His holiness will not hold any political or
organisational responsibility ... not even for religious
organisations ... If the People's Republic of China is not happy to
have him  return, he will not ask to return."
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