07/16/2014, 00.00
TIBET - CHINA

Dalai Lama: Beijing should learn from the Middle East, only dialogue will save Tibet

The leader of Tibetan Buddhism: "We need a realistic approach to the situation. If we continue to look to the past end up like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a permanent". He also urges Tibetans: "viewing the dispute merely through the prism of history would only aggravate the situation."

Dharamsala (AsiaNews) - China and Tibet "risk ending up like Israel and Palestine, imbroiled in a decades-old conflict that shows no sign of ending. Political changes should be looked at from a realistic angle, not just through the prism of history; doing so would only provoke conflict".  These were the sentiments expressed this morning, by the Dalai Lama, the leader of Tibetan Buddhism, during an interview with the Tibetan service of Radio Free Asia.

The spiritual leader of Tibet, in exile in India since 1959, has urged Beijing and Tibetans to "stop looking at everything only through the prism of history. The conflict in the Middle East adopted this methodology and has proved practically endless: Israelis and Palestinians cannot agree because they both use the facts of the past to claim the territories. "

Similarly,"The Chinese authorities and Tibetans should regard the Middle East crisis as an example to understand the "reality" of the situation. On the Tibetan issue too, we need to think of mutual interests of both [Tibet and Beijing] instead of pursuing a 'I win, you lose' policy, which is not appropriate, and will not help resolve the situation".

 

 

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