Asking China to take up "sincere and substantive" discussions with the Dalai Lama side on the Tibet autonomy issue, an Australian parliamentary delegation which met the Tibetan spiritual leader on Friday expressed concern over the 'deteriorating' situation in the Himalayan region.
"We support, strongly, the Dalai Lama's middle way proposal for a peaceful negotiated settlement of the Tibetan situation and regret that the Tibet-China dialogue has so far failed to bring genuine progress towards a mutually acceptable resolution," a statement by the six-member delegation led by ruling Labour MP Micheal Danky said.
The meeting with the Dalai Lama at Mcleodganj, about 22 km from Dharamsala at the headquarters of Tibetan government in-exile, "reflected testimony to the depth and breadth of support in Australia for a peaceful resolution of Tibetan situation", the statement said.
The MPs expressed "deepest concern and sympathy over the enduring situation inside Tibet, in particular the deteriorating conditions of last year".
"Religious repression, patriotic education and undemocratic social-economic reforms, including the forced settlement of nomads have fanned the flames of unrest in Tibet and brought untold suffering to the Tibetan people."