October 9, 2008

Dalai Lama’s Tibet Fears

CHINESE repression in Tibet is as bad now as it was during the Cultural Revolution, a senior envoy to the Dalai Lama said.

Kelsang Gyaltsen warned the situation inside Tibet was "very alarming" and continuing to deteriorate after the violent protests in the region earlier this year. He was speaking ahead of a fresh round of talks with the Chinese government later this month, at which the Dalai Lama's representatives will present their detailed blueprint for a "genuinely autonomous" Tibet.

But Mr Gyaltsen, one of the two lead negotiators for the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, voiced concerns yesterday that Beijing was only taking part to "deflect international criticism".

The Dalai Lama has called a special general meeting of all Tibetan exile groups for next month.

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