Dalai Lama urges real autonomy for Tibet

PM of Tibet's government-in-exile condemns what he termed unacceptable conditions in Tibet due to Chinese presence.

Afp May 25, 2012

VIENNA: The Dalai Lama and the prime minister of Tibet's government-in-exile Lobsang Sangay on Friday said they were open to dialogue with China and called for real autonomy for the region.

The 76-year-old exiled Tibetan spiritual leader who is on an 11-day visit to Austria told journalists on arrival in Vienna he wanted a solution with mutual benefit for Tibet and China.

Sangay stressed that it was not a question of securing independence for Tibet but that the region aspired to real autonomy within the Chinese constitution.

The Dalai Lama was due to meet the Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger later on Friday. He was also expected to meet Chancellor Werner Faymann.

Sangay also condemned what he termed unacceptable conditions in Tibet due to the Chinese presence there and said the situation was unbearable for the people.

He called for a return of the Dalai Lama to Lhasa and for autonomy.

The Dalai Lama will speak in Vienna on Saturday at a gathering of support for the Tibetan people.

China, which considers the Dalai Lama to be a separatist leader, has condemned the meetings with Austrian officials.

Chinese ambassador to Vienna Shi Mingde said on Monday that Austria should not offer a platform to the Dalai Lama's separatist tendencies, adding that it would not be beneficial to relations with Beijing.

The Nobel Laureate who has lived in exile in India since 1959 has a long relationship with Austria and visits regularly - the last time in 2007.

China has imposed tight security to contain simmering discontent in Tibetan regions since 2008, when deadly rioting against Chinese rule broke out in Lhasa and spread to neighbouring Tibetan-inhabited regions.

A total of 34 Tibetans, many of them Buddhist monks and nuns, are reported to have set themselves on fire in Tibetan-inhabited areas since the start of 2011 to protest against Beijing.


Matthew Reilly | 9 years ago | Reply

Greetings. It would seem the Beijing Communist Governments anti-Dalai Lama propaganda machine is suffering setbacks in all Countries where Democracies are thriving. Are you listening Beijing?As a human being the Dalai Lama has a right to voice his objections to the appalling criminal treatment of Tibetan people in there own Country by armed paramilitary and gun toting baton wielding ignorant policemen. As the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people at home and around the world he would be failing in his duties as the physical representation of Tibet's ancient protector deity if he was to ignore what is going on there.

The whole world knows The Communist peoples republic of China invaded and illegally entered and occupied Tibet in 1959. History has told the world that The Chinese army committed appalling acts of barbaric crimes during the so called cultural revolution. Directed by a mild mannered man army officer called Hu Jintao. If Mr Jintao has any notion of entering the history books as a half decent 21st century Communist Chinese reforming leader he should start talks with the Dalai Lama and his representatives as a matter of urgency. All the best.

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