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Dalai Lama asks Tibetans not to disrupt torch relay
April 07, 2008 13:37 IST
The Dalai Lama has called upon Tibetans to refrain from causing any hindrance to the Olympics torch relay or the Games.
"The protests have made it very clear that Tibetans in the three provinces of Tibet, U-Tsang, Kham and Amdo, harbour the same aspirations and hopes. These protests have also conveyed to the world that the Tibet issue can no longer be neglected. These protests highlight the need to find a way to resolve the issue through finding truth from facts."
"The protests are an outburst of long pent-up physical and mental anguish of Tibetans and the feeling of deep resentment against the suppression of their rights."
Urging Tibetans to be non-violent and not fall prey to provocations, the Dalai Lama said: "We should not engage in any action that could be even remotely interpreted as violent. Even under the most provocative of situations we must not allow our most precious and deeply held values to be compromised."
"Presidents, prime ministers, foreign ministers, Nobel laureates, parliamentarians and concerned citizens from every part of the world have been sending clear and strong messages to the Chinese leadership to stop the present ongoing harsh crackdown against the Tibetans."
"Because of my moral obligation and responsibility to the Tibetan people, I have repeatedly asked the concerned leadership of the PRC to immediately stop their suppression in all parts of Tibet and withdraw its armed police and troops. If this brings result, I would also advise the Tibetans to stop all the current protests," he added.