Dalai’s envoy rubbishes China’s terror charge

New Delhi, May 6:

The Tibetan leader Dalai Lama’s official representative Tempa Tsering has slammed China’s accusation linking a Tibetan group with the Al Qaeda, saying it should not indulge in “such shocking propaganda” without any evidence.

“It is absolutely baseless. Tibetans are by nature non-violent and peaceful and have nothing to do with terrorism,” Tsering said while reacting to a Chinese official’s description of the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), an India-based group of young Tibetan activists, as a terrorist organisation.

“It’s an allegation which has no credibility. It’s most unfortunate that a big power like China is making such accusation without any evidence. The world will not take such accusations seriously,” said the Dalai Lama’s envoy in New Delhi. “It’s shocking propaganda. That’s all I can say,” he said.

“The Tibetan struggle for autonomy is one of the few struggles which is based on non-violence. That’s why there is such an international outpouring of goodwill for the Tibetan cause,” he said.

The meeting between the Dalai Lama’s special envoys and Chinese officials on Sunday, the first after protests erupted in Lhasa in March, ended without any progress on the Tibetans’ long-standing demand for genuine autonomy. China has held the Dalai Lama and his followers responsible for inciting violence in Lhasa.