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Dalai Lama to deliver Keynote address at Tibetan-Chinese conference

July 27, 2009

Phayul[Monday, July 27, 2009 13:38]

Dharamsala, July 27, 2009 – His Holiness the Dalai Lama will deliver a keynote address to a ‘unique’ conference that will be attended by Chinese and Tibetan scholars, writers, journalist, advocates in Geneva, Switzerland, on August 6, 2009, a press release issued by the conference organizers said.

Convened by the International Fellowship of Reconciliation and the Swiss Tibetan Friendship Association, “the International Sino-Tibetan Conference” from August 6 to 8 will be attended by over 100 Chinese and Tibetan delegates from all over the world.

“The objective of the conference is to create a better understanding between the two communities and to explore ways for a peaceful solution of the Tibetan issue,” said Mr. Jonathan Sisson of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation.

“This is in the interest of both the Chinese and the Tibetan peoples,” said Dr. Tashe Thaktsang of the Swiss Tibetan Friendship Association. “In addition, it will serve the long-term development of China and contribute to peace and stability in Asia,” Thaktsang added.

Mr. Yan Jiaqi, a leading Chinese liberal scholar who had served in the Political Reform Commission under the leadership of then Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Zhao Ziyang in the 1980s, will be a guest speaker. Mr. Yan Jiaqi also served as Director of the Institute of Political Research of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and has written several books, including A Ten Year History of the Cultural Revolution.

The conference is expected to be a platform for clarification of views and opinions held by both the communities, especially in the wake of last year’s protest across Tibet, and its projection by the Chinese government as an ‘anti Chinese protests’.

To interpret these events as “anti-Chinese” agitation orchestrated by the “Dalai clique”, as Chinese authorities have done, is to misunderstand the reasons of the demonstrations, said the organizers.

In his 10 March 2009 statement, the Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, “We need to look to the future and work for our mutual benefit. We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China.”

As primary stakeholders, representatives of Chinese and Tibetan civil society have an important role to play in the efforts to achieve a peaceful resolution of the Tibet question, the organizers said in their press release. “In the recent past, concerned Chinese and Tibetan individuals have taken steps to encourage a better mutual understanding. This has had a positive impact and a need was felt to have a larger gathering to be held in Switzerland given its history of hosting numerous reconciliation events.”

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will meet the press on the same day at the Hotel Intercontinental, Geneva.