Tibet autonomo, Dalai Lama: “Non insisterò nel dialogo con la Cina”

Dharamsala – Il Dalai Lama ha detto sabato che egli rinuncerà agli sforzi per convincere Pechino a permettere una maggiore autonomia al Tibet sotto la giurisdizione della Cina. Il Dalai Lama ha anche affermato che avrebbe chiesto al popolo tibetano quale strada intraprendere per portare avanti il dialogo con la Cina.

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China has repeatedly accused the Dalai Lama of leading a campaign to splitTibet from the rest of the country. The Dalai Lama has denied the
allegations, saying he is only seeking greater autonomy for the Himalayan
region to protect its unique Buddhist culture — a policy he calls the
“middle way.”

“I have been sincerely pursuing the middle way approach in dealing with
China for a long time now but there hasn’t been any positive response from
the Chinese side,” he said in Tibetan at a public function Saturday in
Dharmsala, the north Indian town that is home to Tibet’s
government-in-exile.

“As far as I’m concerned I have given up,” he said in an unusually blunt
statement.

“The issue of Tibet is not the issue of the Dalai Lama alone. It is the
issue of 6 million Tibetans. I have asked the Tibetan government-in-exile,
as a true democracy in exile, to decide in consultation with the Tibetan
people the future course of action,” the Dalai Lama said.

His speech was translated by his spokesman, Tenzin Takhla.

The spiritual leader’s comments come ahead of a new round of talks between
his envoys and Chinese government officials at the end of October. Those
talks are still on track, according to Chhime R. Chhoekyapa, another
spokesman for the Dalai Lama.

Most Tibetans have supported the Dalai Lama’s push for autonomy for the
region. The Tibetan Youth Congress is the only major activist group that is
advocating full independence for Tibet.

Beijing insists Tibet has belonged to China for centuries. Many Tibetans,
however, say the region was effectively an independent nation until Chinese
Communist troops invaded in 1950.

Phone calls to China’s United Front Work Department, the Communist Party
agency that handles contacts with the Dalai Lama, rang unanswered Saturday.

The Dalai Lama has been living in Dharmsala since fleeing Tibet after an
unsuccessful uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.

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