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Premier: Ample facts prove Dalai´s role in Lhasa riot

Source: Xinhua | 03-18-2008 11:08

Special Report:   2008 NPC & CPPCC sessions

BEIJING, March 18 (Xinhua) -- There are ample facts and plenty of evidence to prove that the recent riot in Lhasa was organized, premeditated, masterminded and incited by the Dalai Lama clique, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told reporters here Tuesday.

"Local government and competent departments have been strict keeping with the Constitution and laws, and excised extreme restraint," he said, adding that the local government have taken proper measures to quiet down the incident and protected the interests of the people in Lhasa and in Tibet.

Wen made the remarks at a press conference held following the conclusion of the annual session of the National People's Congress (NPC), the country's top legislature.

The consistent claims made by the Dalai clique that they pursue not independence but peaceful dialogue are "nothing but lies", said Wen.

He said since the peaceful liberation and especially the democratic reforms in Tibet, the region has moved forward and become more developed.

"Those claims that the Chinese government is engaged in so-called 'cultural genocide' are nothing but lies," he said.

However, Wen said the door of dialogue still opens to the Dalai Lama, so long as he gives up the position for "Tibet Independence", so long as he recognizes Tibet and Taiwan as inalienable parts of the Chinese territory.

He said the Chinese government is fully capable of maintaining stability and order in Tibet, and at the same time will continue to support the economic and social development, improve the livelihood of all ethnic groups, and protect the culture and environment in the region.

"We will never waver in this position," he said.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei