November 19, 2009
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Regional Autonomy conference a strong signal Tibetan issue will not go away: His Holiness the Dalai LamaThursday, 19November 2009, 11:03 a.m.

 His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks on Regional Autonomy Conference in Trento, Italy.

Rome, 17 Nov: His
Holiness the Dalai Lama expressed his appreciation  on Regional
Autonomy Conference  held in Trento in Italy. His Holiness said that
this kind of conference sends a strong signal to China that the Tibetan
issue will not go away. “We also want autonomy in People’s
Republic of China. You enjoy all the rights mentioned on paper. In our
case, even though the (Chinese) constitution mentions these rights but
nothing is implemented,” His Holiness said.The Tibetans have
few 1000 years old history. “We have developed our own language and
script, civilization. It is not from China,” said His Holiness the
Dalai Lama. “Not a single Tibetan consider themselves as
Chinese,” he said. “Wherever I go, people say Dalai Lama of Tibet and
not Dalai Lama of China.” His Holiness the Dalai Lama also made
reference to Tibetan Buddhism and it is not called China’s Tibetan
Buddhism.However, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said we
(Tibetans) are not seeking independence from China. And there has not
been any change in Chinese government’s position. They fear that if
they give more freedom, it will bring more trouble.Tomorrow,
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will address the 5th World
Parliamentarians’ Convention for Tibet on 18 November in Rome. Over 200
Parliamentarians from 28 countries including over 100 Italian MPs will
attend this important convention. The two days convention will be held
in the Lower House of the Italy Parliament organized by the Italian
Parliamentary Intergroup for Tibet.More Pictures:

Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche (2nd from right) addressing the Regional Autonomy Conference in Trento, Italy.

 His Holiness the Dalai Lama with President Luis Durnwalder of South Tyrol.
 President Lorenzo Dellai of Trento presents a present to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

-Report filed by Tseten Samdup Chhoekyapa, Representative, The Tibet Bureau Geneva

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