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Dalai Lama seeks meaningful autonomy for Tibet

November 29, 2007

Wednesday November 28, 02:24 PM
By Ravinder Singh Robin

Amritsar, Nov 28 (ANI): Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama sought
meaningful autonomy for Tibet, but expressed disappointment over not
much progress being made on this issue with China.

"We are not seeking independence from China because of our own
interests. Everybody knows that Tibet was a materially backward area and
needed modern development," he said at the circuit house here.

"Tibet wants to remain within the People's Republic of China as far as
material development is concerned. We gain more benefit provided, we
should have meaningful autonomy so that our own unique culture, history,
spirituality and delicate environment is protected," he added. The Dalai
Lama hailed the land and rail route to Tibet from mainland China but
cautioned against its military use.

"It is good if the roads and rail links are used to provide more
prosperity to Tibet'', he said.

However, he cautioned that it would be harmful if the same was used for
military purpose or demographic aggression or indiscriminately
exploiting the natural resources of Tibet.

While advocating closer ties with India and China, the Dalai Lama said,
"Both were highly populated nations and a genuine friendship between
them on the basis of mutual trust was in interest of Asia and world peace."

Dalai Lama along with religious leaders of Birmingham-based Guru Nanak
Nishkam Sewak Jatha was gathered here for a third meeting of the Elijah
Board of World Religious Leaders on the theme of: "Sharing Wisdom: The
Case of Love and Forgiveness".

"The religious heads of different faiths will meeting but seriously
deliberating for the promotion of religious harmony through close
contact of preachers of religions in spite of different philosophies and
different approaches in life," he said.

The meeting will bring together about 50 world religious leaders and
scholars from around the world and will include representatives from
each of the major religions, including Judaism, Islam, Christianity and

"Our planet is in desperate need for love, forgiveness and
interrelations harmony. This meeting of leaders and scholars from around
the world will explore how the wisdom of out tradition can help achieve
these things," the Dalai Lama added.

The summit will conclude on Thursday. (ANI)
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