July 18, 2008
   Posted in News Flash
Published By Tashi

Tibet Issue Concerns the Future of Six Million Tibetans and not His Holiness

Friday, 18 July 2008, 11:01 a.m.


New York: The office of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama issued a statement Thursday reiterating and
clarifying that the issue of Tibet concerns the future of six million
Tibetans in Tibet and not His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

“In the light of recent news reports quoting Chinese officials that
the issue of Tibet is only about the person of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama, we would like to take this opportunity to clarify once again that
the issue of Tibet concerns the future of six million Tibetans in Tibet
and not His Holiness the Dalai Lama,” the statement noted.

“In fact, when the Chinese Government made a five-point
proposal in 1981 which included that “the Dalai Lama will enjoy the
same political status and living conditions as he had before 1959″, His
Holiness categorically made it clear to the Chinese leadership that the
issue at stake was the well-being of six million Tibetans, and he
personally had nothing to ask of the Central Chinese government.”

“His Holiness has stated right from 1969 onwards that even the
continuation of the institution of the Dalai Lama is for the Tibetan
people to decide.”

“In 1992 His Holiness declared that once we are able to return
to Tibet with meaningful autonomy, he will not play any role in the
future government of Tibet, let alone seek the Dalai Lama’s traditional
political position in the government. We would also like to make it
clear, especially to our Chinese brothers and sisters that Tibetans,
including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, do not even dream of restoring
the old society that prevailed in Tibet before 1959. As a matter of
fact, democracy was introduced in the exile Tibetan community in 1960
through election of representatives to the Assembly of Tibetan People’s
Deputies (Parliament in exile).”

“Since 2001 Tibetans in exile have an elected political
leadership and His Holiness considers himself in semi-retirement.
However, he will continue to fulfill his life-long commitment to
promote human values and religious harmony.”

“Following the resumption of talks with the Chinese government
in 2002, His Holiness’ envoys have also conveyed at every meeting that
the issue is about the well-being of the Tibetan people and not of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama.”

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