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Urgent Appeal to the Tibetan people and Tibet supporters in the USA and Canada

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Under the wise guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Middle-Way policy, we have been striving for a genuine autonomous status for all the Tibetan people through negotiations. This policy has been adopted democratically by the Tibetan people in and outside Tibet, as well as by the Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputies. In order to achieve this, the envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama have undertaken five rounds of talks with the concerned officials of the People’s Republic of China since 2002. At present our effort to bring about negotiations has reached at a critical stage of whether we are able to sustain it or not.

Last year the Kashag issued a detailed and unambiguous appeal letter on 3 September 2005, but it had not been as effective as expected. Moreover, Tibetans have staged a strong protest demonstration during President Hu Jintao’s visit to America and Europe, and, as a result, the fifth round of talks was prolonged by three months.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama stated in this year’s 10 March statement “The Kashag of the Central Tibetan Administration has made a number of appeals to Tibetans and our international supporters to work toward the creation of a conducive environment for negotiations. Today, I would like to emphasise that we leave no stone unturned to help the present process of dialogue for the resolution of the Sino-Tibetan problem. I urge all Tibetans to take note of this on the basis of the Kashag’s appeal. I make the same request to Tibet supporters and those sympathetic to the Tibetan people.”

President Hu Jintao will soon pay an official visit to America this month and the Kashag would like to once again strongly appeal with utmost importance and emphasis to all the Tibetans and Tibet Support Groups to refrain from any activities, including staging of protest demonstrations causing embarrassment to him. This appeal is not only to create a conducive atmosphere for negotiations but also not to cause embarrassment and difficulty to His Holiness the Dalai Lama whose visit coincides with President Hu Jintao’s visit to America. If protests are held, this will give the impression that no Tibetan or Tibet Support Group is taking notice of and carrying out His Holiness the Dalai Lamas instructions issued in the recent 10th March statement.

Therefore, to avoid such things from happening, the Kashag hopes and believes that, unlike last year, all Tibetans and Tibet support groups will respond positively to this appeal at least for this one time, and make a wise choice from a wider perspective.

With warm greetings
3 April 2006
The Kashag
(Translated from Tibetan original)

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