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Published by the Canada Tibet Committee

Thursday, March 11, 2004



1. Statement of the Kashag on the 45th Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day


Today, as we commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Tibetan people's
peaceful uprising in Lhasa¾an event which cannot be erased from the memory
of the Tibetan people¾the Kashag pays its tribute to the brave men and women
of Tibet who sacrificed their lives for our spiritual and political cause.
We also pledge our solidarity with the innocent men and women in prison in
Tibet who continue to suffer.

In the last two 10-March statements of the 12th Kashag, we reflected on the
past events and took stock of both the negative and positive developments.
We outlined the Kashag's implementation policy of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama's Middle Way Approach for resolving the issue of Tibet through
negotiations, and means of reinforcing the strength of the Tibetan people.
We also dwelled on the recent re-establishment of our contacts with the
Chinese leadership and our appeal to the Tibetan community-in-exile how to
conduct ourselves for the realisation of negotiations. All these were made
clear, aimed specifically at the Tibetan people inside and outside Tibet. I
am hopeful that everybody is well aware of this. Therefore, instead of
repeating the whole thing again, I would now like to concentrate on the
developments of the past year and related to this, tell you briefly about
our future plans, keeping especially in mind the leaders of the People's
Republic of China.

After the smooth transition of the leadership of the People's Republic of
China from the leaders of the third to the fourth generation, the delegation
led by the envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama visited China again in
May/June, 2003. They held discussions with the new leaders and were able to
take a step further in sustaining this relationship. They were also able to
visit some Tibetan places, including the Dechen Tibetan Autonomous
Prefecture. We are currently doing our groundwork preparation for the third
possible visit by our delegation to discuss the matter of beginning the
actual process of negotiations. A request for this has already been placed
before the Chinese Government and our delegation is ready to go after we
receive a clear signal.

During the year 2003, His Holiness the Dalai Lama traveled to many countries
across the globe, and held unprecedented meetings with many high-level
leaders of the world. Not only did he welcome the recent revival of contacts
between the Chinese authorities and Dharamsala and express hope and optimism
over it, but he also said that there had been no visible positive
developments taking place in Tibet so far. Above all, he aired his views
about some of the developments in Tibet that were of abiding concern to him.
Moreover, in October 2003, His Holiness the Dalai Lama made his gracious
presence at the Fourth International Conference of the Tibet Support Groups
and addressed the gathering in the same way. Although the leaders of the
People's Republic of China expressed reservations about some of these
developments, yet our contact with the Chinese leadership basically remains
unscathed. As far as the Tibetan Administration is concerned, we have been
making our best efforts to create an atmosphere conducive for dialogue. In
this regard, we are deeply appreciative of the whole-hearted cooperation
extended to us by the Tibetan diaspora as well as the Tibet Support Groups
around the world. I would like to request you all to continue to lend us the
same cooperation in the future as well¾until the problem of Tibet is
resolved forever.

As the leaders of the People's Republic of China are well aware, the late
Deng Xiaoping proposed in 1979 that anything except the independence of
Tibet could be discussed and resolved. His Holiness the Dalai Lama responded
to it by saying that if all the three traditional provinces of Tibet enjoyed
genuine autonomy with a democratic system of governance, he would not seek
independence. From that time to this day, it has been 25 years. The leaders
of the People's Republic of China know very well that after all these
years¾under any circumstances, at any place and at any time¾His Holiness the
Dalai Lama's steadfast commitment to his Middle Way policy remains unaltered
and this has been widely known across the globe. However, the Chinese
leadership seems to be very skeptical about it; they have not been able to
work towards the realisation of the proposal Deng Xiaoping and His Holiness
the Dalai Lama made with unmatched courage, and have always been playing
with time. Instead of it being beneficial, this has proven to be of great
loss to both Tibet and China. It is a general phenomenon that any political
problem, which is not addressed immediately and ignored and prolonged, will
only aggravate the problem further. This is quite evident from the
experiences of many international problems that we see around us. By the
same token, if the Tibetan problem is not resolved at once and authorities
continue playing with time, it will not be a loss to the Tibetan people
alone. It will be a great loss to the People's Republic of China as well.
This view is not only shared by the majority of the intellectuals of the
world but by many impartial Chinese intellectuals who support this argument
with vigorous reason. It is needless to mention that if we are not able to
begin a substantive dialogue to resolve the Tibetan problem and indulge in
pushing the matter further, the future generations from the two sides would
view both the Chinese and Tibetan leaders as not acting responsibly.

For the People's Republic of China, there are no hurdles in the way of
resolving the Tibetan problem. All conditions are ripe, be it politics,
economy or international relations. We all know this very well that a
mutually-beneficial solution to the Tibet problem through a non-violent
process of dialogue will set a good example for resolving other domestic and
international problems for China. It will also provide an opportunity for
His Holiness the Dalai Lama¾ through his service to humanity¾ to make an
unmatched contribution in bringing about unity among the general public of
the People's Republic of China, including the Tibetan nationality, and also
in the areas of religion and culture.

Taking due note of these important developments, His Holiness the Dalai Lama
and his exiled administration have adopted a conciliatory and flexible
approach by setting aside past history and treating the future as more
important. And in order for the Tibetan and the Chinese people to co-exist
in unity within the framework of the People's Republic of China, we have
been striving for a genuine self-rule without bothering about the problem it
entails and the emotions of the Tibetan people. This decision of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama of unifying the Tibetan and the Chinese people is
not only a great decision beyond our general thought but also has a
historical significance of promoting equality of nationalities, unity and
the stability of the motherland. If the leaders of the People's Republic of
China without laying too much importance on temporary gains are able to use
this great opportunity with a more flexible mind and in a proper manner, I
have no doubt that they will be able to leave a great historic legacy.
Conversely, delaying the negotiations by laying difficult preconditions and
putting more importance to past history than the future will not be
beneficial to both sides. Worse, it will make the present problem more
complicated and hence more difficult to resolve.

Presently all nations of the world - whether big or small - and the
autonomous regions, provinces and districts, etc., are all able to achieve
their present status by adapting to changing circumstances and due to the
changes and developments that had taken place in the world over the past
hundred years. Since it is an established fact that there is no country or
autonomous state that has come into existence without changes in its past
history, we believe that resolving the issue of Tibet by putting emphasis on
the future rather than on the past must be considered a contemporary
political skill.

We never try to make the Tibetan problem an international issue because His
Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration do not want
to. However, those in the international community who love truth and justice
can't help but express their concerns because of the continued deterioration
of political freedoms, nationality rights, Tibetan language and traditions,
human rights situation and the environment in Tibet. This indirectly changes
the nature of the Tibetan problem into an international issue. Nobody can
stop this unless a positive change takes place in Tibet.

It is an illusion to hope that the Tibetan issue will naturally die down
after sometime by delaying in solving it. This is because the issue is not
about the personal position and power or for that matter is not related to
the future career prospects of a few leaders and individuals. The Tibetan
issue is directly related to the Tibetan identity and interests. Because of
this it is obvious that as long as the Tibetan nationalities remain in
existence, mere changes in leadership and generation will not make the
Tibetan issue disappear. We hope and appeal to the new generation of Chinese
leaders to seriously consider this issue by seeking truth from facts and for
the long term benefits of the Tibetan and Chinese people. We appeal to them
not to waste the good opportunity and the conditions created by His Holiness
the Dalai Lama. I once again emphasize that this hope and appeal is not for
the benefit and interests of the exiled Tibetans but for the future
aspirations of all the Tibetans within the three provinces of Tibet who want
to have the freedom to preserve the Tibetan identity and culture.
I, as a directly elected spokesperson of the Tibetans in exile, stress here
again that there will be no changes in what His Holiness the Dalai Lama
publicly declared in 1992 that the administration of Tibet will be
undertaken by the Tibetans in Tibet and that no one from exile would hope
for power and rights once the Tibetan issue is peacefully resolved through
negotiations.
Considering that there is a limit to the patience of the Tibetans and the
fact that obstacles could be created by those who are opposed to a
negotiated settlement, I would like to once again urge the Chinese
leadership to make use of the good opportunity and the conditions available
at their disposal to begin at the earliest opportunity substantive
negotiations for resolving the issue of Tibet.

Finally I pray for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and an
immediate resolution of the just cause of Tibet.

The Kashag,
10 March 2004

N.B. Translated from the Tibetan.
The Kashag is the Cabinet of the Central Tibetan Administration of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama)


Articles in this Issue:
  1. Statement of the Kashag on the 45th Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day
  2. TCHRD releases report on Trulku Tenzin Delek
  3. 10th March Anniversary in Switzerland
  4. Tibetan Flags in Swiss Parliament
  5. Pro-Tibet rallies held in Switzerland
  6. Tibet Protesters in Streets of Chicago
  7. Days of Tibet in the Czech Republic
  8. 10th March rally in Oslo, Norway
  9. Commemoration of the 45th Anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day in Belgium



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