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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."

Tutu to China: Stop abusing Dalai Lama

March 15, 2009

Associated Press - March 14, 2009 12:13 AM ET

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu is urging
China to stop "verbally abusing" the Dalai Lama.

The exiled spiritual leader of Tibetans has become a symbol of China's
crackdown on Tibet. It was 50 years ago this week that a failed Tibetan
uprising sent the young Dalai Lama into exile in India. And it was one
year ago Saturday that anti-Chinese rioting produced Tibet's worst
violence in decades and a harsh crackdown by China.

South Africa's Tutu is joined by other Nobel laureates and celebrities
in a letter posted on a human rights Web site, now being opened up for
everyone to sign.

The letter calls on China to "stop naming, blaming and verbally abusing"
a man who, it says, has devoted his life to peace. The Dalai Lama won
the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

In the letter, Tutu says "We stand with you. You define non-violence and
compassion and goodness."

The head of the site says the letter will be delivered to Chinese leaders.
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