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China proposed restoration of my powers: Dalai Lama

July 09, 2008 00:34 IST

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Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama [Images] on Tuesday claimed that the Chinese government had recently proposed to him a five-point programme and assured that all his powers, suspended since in 1956, would be restored once he returned to China.
Talking to the media, the Dalai Lama, who came to Ajmer to offer prayers at the Khawja Moinudeen Chisti Dargah, said he dismissed the proposal since "it was the question of the future of six crore Tibetans and not of my powers."
"The Chinese government has never understood the heritage, culture and traditions of Tibetans. This is the root cause of all problems, but they are holding me responsible for this very fact," he said.
"Prior to the 1959 crisis, there was a 17-point agreement between Tibetans and Chinese government. As the then Communist government failed to comprehend the Tibetans' culture, the crisis aggravated," he said.
He recalled that though the Chinese government had softened its stand and became liberal in 1980, the favourable situation did not last long to reach a lasting solution.
The Buddhist leader would offer prayers at the tomb of the Sufi saint on Wednesday.

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