Tibetan PM blames China for self-immolations


Blaming China for self-immolations in Tibet, Tibetan prime minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay Saturday said, “The situation there is tragic and unfortunate”.

“Self-immolations reflect desperation and determination. If Beijing ends repression, the self-immolations will automatically abate,” Sangay told reporters.

He was here to participate in the Himalaya Festival-2013 organised by the state tourism department in collaboration with the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA).

Sangay said 122 Tibetans had set themselves on fire in Tibet since 2009. The common cry of all self-immolates was to return the Dalai Lama to Tibet and freedom for Tibetans.

He said China would be respected by international community if the tragedy in Tibet was addressed.

On resumption of the dialogues between the Dalai Lama’s envoys and the Chinese for genuine autonomy for the people in Tibet, the democratically-elected leader of the Tibetan people said “the dialogue is in stalemate.”

He reiterated the commitment of his government-in-exile: “Dialogue and a peaceful resolution to the Tibet issue are in the best interest of China, the Chinese people and Tibetans.”

He said based on the ‘middle-way policy’ the pursuance of genuine autonomy for all Tibetans would continue unabated.

Sangay clarified that there was no move of the Dalai Lama, Tibetan spiritual leader, to shift his base from Dharamshala, the northern Indian hill town. He added, “His Holiness loves Himachal Pradesh and he will continue to stay here.”

About the new Chinese leadership, Sangay, who just returned from official tour of the US and Italy, said the new seven-member standing committee of the politburo, took power in China in March this year.

He also said, “It is early to reach to a final conclusion on their leadership. In the National People’s Congress meeting in March 2014 we should be able to get some indication as to which way the Chinese leadership will formulate policies for the world at large; Asia, India and Tibet.”

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