'New Chinese leadership must take realistic approach on Tibet issue'

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dharamsala
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  • Updated: Sep 18, 2013 19:46 IST

Even as China refuses to soften its stance on half-a-century-old Tibet issue, the Tibetan Parliament in-exile in a resolution passed unanimously urged the new Chinese leadership must take a realistic approach on the problem.

The sixth session of the 15th Parliament in-exile began here on Wednesday in which three resolutions were passed to express the solidarity with the Tibetans who set themselves on fire for the cause of Tibet.

The resolution praised the indomitable courage and determination of all those Tibetans, who are suffering under the repressive rule of the Chinese government. It prayed that those who died for the cause of Tibet be reborn in Tibet, immediate release of those suffering imprisonment and fulfillment of Tibetans' aspirations for the return of spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, to Tibet.

“The new Chinese leadership must take a realistic approach on the issue of Tibet. It should look into the grievances of all those Tibetans who have set themselves on fire and resolve the Tibet problem through dialogue-based on the middle-way approach,” said the resolution.

The Tibetan Parliament also called on the international community to translate their words into action and press the Chinese government to end its failed policies in Tibet.

It  reiterated that a fact-finding delegation be send to Tibet and the UN Human Rights Council to convene an urgent session over critical situation in Tibet.

“China's policy of modernisation to fulfill the aspirations of Tibetans has only ruined the Tibetan identity, culture, religion and its environment,” said Penpa Tsering, in his opening remarks on the beginning of the session adding that it clearly indicates the unwillingness on part of the Chinese government to find a solution to the crisis in Tibet.

“It would not be wrong to say that the developments and modernisation in Tibet are in the interest of Chinese government itself,” said Tsering.

The Tibetan parliamentarians also observed a minute's silence in honour of those Tibetans who have died due to self-immolations since 2009.


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