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CTA president Lobsang Sangay calls for resumption of talks to resolve Tibet issue

He said the Middle Way Approach is the most viable option for resolving the longstanding Sino-Tibet issue and talks should be resumed.

Statesman News Service | Shimla |

The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) president Lobsang Sangay on Monday called for the resumption of dialogue between envoys of spiritual leader Dalai Lama and Chinese representatives to resolve Tibet issue.

Speaking after the launch of the tri-lingual report titled ‘Tibet Was Never A Part Of China But The Middle Way Approach Remains a Viable Solution,’ he provided the introduction and context of the important documentation on the situation in Tibet.

He pointed out towards human rights violations that pervade Tibet under the Chinese occupation and said ‘the 152 self-immolations in Tibet evince the fact that Tibet is not a socialist paradise and Tibetans are not masters in their own land.’

Pointing to the efforts of the Chinese leadership to recognise reincarnate Lamas, Bishops, and Imams, Sangay admitted with conviction in the case of Tibetan Buddhism, the sole authority to recognise reincarnate Lamas lies with Tibetan Lamas.

He said the Middle Way Approach is the most viable option for resolving the longstanding Sino-Tibet issue and talks should be resumed.

Socialist and reformer Prof Anand Kumar lauded the efforts of CTA to bring about an authentic handbook and said, “Tibetan reality is a mirror to those who believe that Chinese notion of socialism that has failed one.”

“Under the Chinese occupation, it is not only Buddhism but the entire belief system that is suffering,” he said, adding while lamenting that imperialism has no future.

For India and for the rest of the world, Tibet is the beginning of the solution to achieving peace in the world. Freedom in Tibet ensures India’s security and therefore ignoring Tibet’s tragedy is akin to living in denial, he added.

He lauded the principles of the Middle Way Approach envisioned by the Dalai Lama and said he and his understanding of the Asian roadmap is our (India’s) roadmap.

“Our understanding is that in Tibet lies the key to stability in Asia,” he added.