Dalai Lama says he will not take political position in Tibet
Seeking more autonomy for the Chinese controlled Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR), Tibet’s exiled Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama today said he would not hold any political position in the government in Tibet, once the vexed Tibetan issue is resolved.Updated: Mar 10, 2010, 15:37 IST
Seeking more autonomy for the Chinese controlled Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR), Tibet’s exiled Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama on Wednesday said he would not hold any political position in the government in Tibet, once the vexed Tibetan issue is 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 position in the government in Tibet” said Dalai Lama addressing hundreds of Tibetan gathered at the main Buddhist temple to mark the 51st anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day.
The Tibetan leader appealed to officials in the 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 to the Tibetan people, Dalai Lama reiterated his stance to continue talks with China.
“Judging by the attitude of the present Chinese leadership there was little hope that results will be achieved soon,” he said, and held the "ultra leftist" policies of the government responsible for the dispute between Tibetan and Chinese people.
On the occasion, Dalai Lama hailed the support of the Chinese intellectuals for his quest particularly after the 2008 unrest in Tibet.
Many people were killed in clashes between Chinese troops and Tibetan protestors during the unrest. Chinese government maintains that about 20 people died, while the central Tibetan administration claims that more than 200 Tibetans were killed.
The Dalai Lama made an appeal to the Tibetan people to develop closer relation with the Chinese and make them aware about the Tibetan problem.
The Tibetan 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.
He extended his support to the people of East Turkistan (Xianjiang), which witnessed clashes between ethnic Uighurs and Han Chinese last year.
Clashes in the Western Chinese city of Urumqi between ethnic Uigurs and local police killed 140 people.
Earlier, the Tibetan Prime Minister Samdhong Rinpoche urged China to release Gedun Choekyi Nyima who is recognized as reincarnation of 10th Panchen Lama by the Dalai Lama. The Chinese claim that the monk boy is in their custody.
Rinpoche also dedicated a martyr pillar 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. Huge presence of Tibetan protestors on the streets leads to traffic chaos.