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Tibetan official: 'Middle way' favored by exiles

November 24, 2008

The Associated Press
November 22, 2008

DHARMSALA, India (AP) -- The prime minister of the exiled Tibetan
governmment in India says leaders debating how to advance their
struggle for freedom will likely continue to support the Dalai Lama's
path of compromise.

Prime Minister Samdhong Rinpoche says, "The committee's report
appears to be a quiet consensus in favor of the middle path approach,
as we expected before."

Participants have said it was unlikely that the weeklong meeting
would result in a dramatic break with the Dalai Lama's approach,
which pushes for autonomy but not independence from China.

Tibetans from all over the world have flocked to Dharmsala, home to
the Dalai Lama and the exiled government. They are discussing whether
to press on with a measured path of compromise toward China, or
whether to call for independence for the Himalayan region.
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