Dalai Lama seeks Gorbachev's help
FT/D [Tuesday, April 08, 2008 13:24]

The former Soviet president says Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has asked him to mediate in resolving the ongoing crisis in Tibet.

Mikhail Gorbachev says that Dalai Lama is 'concerned' by the situation in Tibet and has expressed hope he and other well-known politicians can bring about a peaceful solution.

"I think that we can find ground for dialogue. All must show prudence and avoid reckless acts," AFP quoted Gorbachev as saying Monday.

He added that the Dalai Lama was not disputing China's territorial integrity, noting that Chinese officials have said Beijing was open for 'contacts and consultations' if the call for Tibetan independence was renounced.

Beijing has faced international criticism over its crackdown on protests in Tibet that began on March 10.

The protests have spread to other areas of China with Tibetan populations casting a shadow on preparations for the Beijing Olympics.