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Tibetan PM says China’s accusation “absolutely baseless”

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By Phurbu Thinley

Daharamsala, March 18: Prime Minister of the Tibet’s Government-in-Exile, Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche today rebuffed China’s accusation of the Dalai Lama of “masterminding” Tibetan unrests inside Tibet as being “absolutely baseless”.

“The truth is that Chinese authorities have brutally suppressed the peaceful Tibetan demonstrations from the beginning,” Prof. Rinpoche said during a press briefing here today. Rinpoche said brutal suppression of peaceful Tibetan demonstrators could have forced Tibetans to take more agitated and aggressive steps in later stage.

“There is ample fact — and we also have plenty of evidence — proving that this incident was organized, premeditated, masterminded and incited by the Dalai clique,” Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao reportedly said Tuesday without giving any details.

Tibetan Prime Minister, instead, demanded China to furnish all the evidence to prove their accusation. “If they have any evidence, they must show it to the world,” Rinpoche said. He suggested China to allow setting up of a fact-finding body to independently monitor the situation inside Tibet more accurately and avoid making further complex accusations.

Tibetan PM said China’s accusation was more of an excuse to defend its brutal crackdown in Tibet and to escape international condemnations.

“The Dalai Lama has repeatedly called on Tibetans not to resort to violence,” Prof. Rinpoche said.

“Young Tibetans and Tibetans inside Tibet are losing their patience and are now showing increasing agitation over lack of meaningful solution to Tibet issue from China’s side,” Rinpoche said.

“Peaceful solution to Tibet’s issue lies on the Chinese side,” the Tibetan PM said.

Rinpoche said the outbreak of the protests inside Tibet was “spontaneous” in nature and said, “Nothing was planned”.

The Tibetan PM said the responsibility to explain what has happened in Tibet is on the Chinese Government side. He said the Tibetan Government-in-Exile was not in a position to guide Tibetans in Tibet who are struggling under oppressive Chinese rule.

Prof. Rinpoche, nevertheless, said, “We will consistently try our level to engage” with the Chinese leadership in finding a meaningful solution to Tibet issue. “Our effort and struggle will continue,” he said adding, there would be no change on the position of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile in seeking a meaningful autonomy for Tibetan people that includes all the traditional territory of Tibet.

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