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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Nepal Tibetan marchers halfway to the border

June 29, 2008

By Tenzin Sangmo
June 27, 2008

New Delhi, June 27 - The forty two Tibetan marchers from Nepal who
left Kathmandu two days ago are now halfway from the border. The
group of 25 monks, 17 nuns and 2 men who started their journey at
04:30 am June 25 reached Sankhu, a famous Buddhist pilgrimage site
(Dorje Phakmo) around 20 kilometers from Boudhanath at 08:30 am where
they rested briefly.

The group initiated the movement to see the condition and ground
reality in Tibet after the mid-March unrest in the Himalayan nation.
With Tibet still under an iron grip, censored from international
media and alienated from foreign medical aid, fact remains foggy.

The marchers had initially planned to enter Tibet through Nyalam via
an undisclosed route. But heavy rainfall and treacherous trails in
the area make the course tricky and dangerous. Nonetheless, they are
determined to enter Tibet and could contemplate using the Tatopani
border (Dram) even though it is swarmed with Chinese soldiers.

The peace marchers are now 55 kilometers from Kathmandu and some 65
kilometers closer to the border. They have so far been treading
through mountains and remote regions to avoid contact with Nepali
police officials.

If the marchers do not face any resistance from local authorities the
group is expected to enter Tibet in the next two days.

Additional information provided by Jampa Tsering/Nepal.
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