Monday, November 3, 2008

Dalai Lama says situation has worsened in Tibet

TOKYO (AP) — The Dalai Lama said Monday his efforts to secure Tibetan autonomy from China have failed to bring positive changes and he is unsure whether new talks between his envoys and Beijing over the fate of the Himalayan region will produce any breakthroughs.

The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader has spoken in unusually blunt and pessimistic terms recently about prospects for his homeland. The 73-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate said Monday that the situation in Tibet was worsening and that criticism among Tibetans of his negotiating approach toward China was growing.

The Dalai Lama has followed a "middle way" which rejects calls for outright independence but seeks greater autonomy to preserve Tibet's unique Buddhist culture.

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