China urged to `heed the cries` of Tibetans

Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile reiterated that the only way to resolve the Tibet issue is through dialogue.

Dharamsala: Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay on Thursday reiterated that the only way to resolve the Tibet issue is through dialogue.

"I urge the Chinese leadership to heed the cries of the Tibetan protesters... You will never address the genuine grievances of Tibetans and restore stability in Tibet through violence and killing," Sangay said in a statement here.

He said the only way to resolve the Tibet issue and bring about lasting peace is by respecting the rights of the Tibetan people and through dialogue.

Sangay said: "Because of (recent) gruesome acts... and the systematic repression of Tibetans, the resentment and anger among Tibetans against the Chinese government has only grown since the massive uprising of 2008."

He said that as the Chinese were celebrating the first couple of days of the Year of Dragon January 23-24, police fired indiscriminately on hundreds of Tibetans gathered peacefully to claim their basic rights in Drakgo, Serthar, Ngaba, Gyarong and other neighbouring Tibetan areas.

"Six Tibetans were reportedly killed and around 60 injured," he said.

The senior fellow of Harvard Law School who has never visited his ancestral land, Sangay called on the international community to show solidarity at this critical time.

Expressing concern over violence in Tibet, the US also Wednesday urged China to address its counterproductive policies and resume talks with the Tibetan exiles.

"I am gravely concerned by reports of violence and continuing heightened tensions in Tibetan areas of China, including reports of security forces in Sichuan province opening fire on protesters, killing some and injuring others," a Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) statement said here, quoting US Special Coordinator for Tibetan issues Maria Otero.

India is home to around 100,000 Tibetans and the Tibetan government-in-exile, which never won recognition from any country.


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