Seeking more autonomy for China controlled - Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR), Tibet’s exiled Buddhist leader – the Dalai Lama said he would not hold any political position in the government in Tibet, once the vexed Tibetan issue was resolved.
“Let me reiterate that once the issue of Tibet is resolved, I will not take any political position nor will the members of Tibetan Administration in exile hold any positions in the government in Tibet” said Dalai Lama addressing hundreds of Tibetan exiles, who had gathered at main Buddhist temple to mark the 51 st anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day. The Tibetan leader appealed to officials in Tibetan Autonomous Region to explore the conditions and aspiration of the Tibetan people living in exile.
Deploring China, Dalai Lama said the problem in Tibet was serious. He expressed concern over the “huge” military presence and restriction imposed on travel inside Tibet.
Reaching out Tibetan people, Dalai Lama reiterated his stance to continue talks with China. “Judging by the attitude of present Chinese leadership there was little that results will be achieved soon” he said and held the “ultra leftist “policies of the government responsible for dispute between Tibetan and Chinese people.
On the occasion, the Dalai Lama hailed support to his quest from Chinese intellectuals particularly after the 2008 unrest in Tibet. In the spate of violence many people were killed in clashes between Chinese troops and Tibetan protestors. The Chinese government maintains that about 20 people died, while the central Tibetan administration claims that more than 200 Tibetans were killed.
Dalai Lama made emphatic appeal to Tibetan people to develop closer relation with Chinese people. He asked the Tibetans to make the Chinese people aware about the Tibetan problem.
Tibetan Buddhist leader expressed his gratitude to three dozen Chinese delegates of democracy movement who had especially come to attend the Uprising Day commemoration in Dharamsala. The Dalai Lama said the Tibetan and Chinese people shared close cultural ties.
The Tibetan leader extended his support to the people of East Turkistan( Xianjiang), which witnessed clashes between ethnic Uighurs and hans Chinese last year. Clashes in the Western Chinese city of Urumqi between ethnic Uigurs and local police killed 140 people.
Earlier Tibetan Prime Minister Samdhong Rinpoche ,urged Chinese government to release Gedun Choekyi Nyima recognized as reincarnation of 10th Panchen Lama by the Dalai Lama. Chinese claims that monk boy was in their custody.. Rinpoche also dedicated a martyr pillar, which has been erected close to Tibetan museum. He paid homage to hundreds of Tibetans who have been killed in struggle since the Chinese troops occupied Lhasa in 1959.
Hundreds of Tibetans from different walks of life staged a massive protest rally which started from the main temple and culminated at Kacheri Bazar. The rally also caused traffic jams.