Tuesday, Mar 27, 2012
PTI (Press Trust of India)
Two days before the BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) summit in New Delhi, the Tibetan government-in-exile on Tuesday said "half of Tibet's problems will be solved" the day Chinese President Hu Jintao meet Tibetan leaders and address their issues.
"He (Jintao) does not want to meet us, that is the problem. The day the president meets us, half of the problem (in Tibet) will be solved," Gyari Dolma, Home Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile, said in Shillong.
"China says Tibet is part of China. So Tibetans are also Chinese and he (Jintao) is also a leader of the Tibetans. I wonder why he does not want to meet them," she said.
On the self immolation bid by a Tibetan youth in New Delhi yesterday, Dolma said "While it is a great loss of life. They do it for their nation."
"Since we are not allowed to go inside China and that the President is coming here, it is human nature to draw his attention," she said adding the world should see why these people were taking this desperate and extreme step.
Urging the Chinese authority to use the office of the Dalai Lama to end the Tibet crisis, Dolma said the government-in-exile wants autonomy within China.
"Genuine autonomy is okay even without complete freedom," said Dolma who was here on a two-day visit to address the 700-odd Tibetans residing in Meghalaya.
"India is a great source of inspiration for all freedom fighters in Asia and I believe sooner or later we will succeed," she said.
Meanwhile, Dolma requested Meghalaya government to recognise the foreigners ID issued by the Centre and treat it as a valid ID proof for all purposes in the state.
Dolma made this request during her meeting with Meghalaya Assembly Speaker Charles Pyngrope at the latter's chamber.
"I am requesting the Meghalaya government, through the Speaker, that IDs issued by Union Government and the Foreign Registration Certificate of Tibetans be taken as ID proof for all issues of Tibetans community here," Dolma told reporters.
She said, the documents may be treated as a valid ID proof for LPG connection and other day-to-day requirements of Tibetans who were not entitled for a voters' ID.
Originally published at: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_meeting-hu-jintao-to-solve-half-of-tibet-problems-gyari-dolma_1668159