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Sangay asks Xi to resolve Tibet issue peacefully

IANS  |  Dharamsala 

Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile on Saturday urged Chinese to resolve the issue of through dialogue.

He also demanded a Unesco fact-finding mission to visit the holiest in Lhasa in and investigate a fire incident there that destroyed hundreds of Tibetan artefactd a few weeks back.

"As sets out to begin his second term, I urge him to peacefully resolve the issue of through dialogue between the envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the representatives of the Chinese government," said in a message on

"The tragic news of the fire on February 17 at the Jokhang, Tsuklagkhang, a Unesco world heritage site, is of great sadness. There are reports of extensive damage and loss owing to the burning of dozens of precious statues, hundreds of artifacts and 'thangkas' and murals," he said.

Jokhang is still closed to the public. "I, therefore, urge Unesco to send a mission to investigate into the matter and to send journalists to Tibet for an independent investigation," Sangay, also the (CTA) President, said.

Blaming the for discriminatory policies with Tibetans, he said: "Also de-linking His Holiness the Dalai Lama from Buddhism in Tibet is another root cause of resistance among Tibetans.

"To artificially say that you can practice Buddhism but not follow His Holiness the Dalai Lama is akin to saying you can be a Catholic but not follow the Pope. This is a fundamental misreading of the very foundation of Tibetan Buddhism and Tibet as a nation."

He said the rising tide of China's economic growth and prosperity has not lifted the Tibetans as Tibet remains one of the poorest region and ethnic Chinese who have flooded into Tibet in recent years have been the prime beneficiaries.

Quoting watchdog reports of 2017 and 2016, said the reports listed Tibet as the second least free country after and worse off than North Korea, and

also stated that Tibet is harder to get access to than even

The in exile is based in the north town of



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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 12:20 IST