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Pope Benedict Appeals for Dialogue, End to Violence in Tibet བོད་སྐད།


Pope Benedict has called for an end to the violence in Tibet, and for dialogue and tolerance between Chinese and Tibetans.

Benedict's remarks Wednesday were his first since rare protests in Tibet turned violent last week.

Speaking during his weekly audience at the Vatican, the pontiff prayed for a peaceful resolution of the situation and said that violence does not solve problems, it only aggravates them.

Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has called for an international investigation into the unrest, which China accuses him of masterminding.

On Tuesday, the Dalai Lama reiterated his opposition to violence and a pledge (first made during the 1987 protests in Lhasa) to step down as head of the Tibetan government-in-exile if the situation gets out of control.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP

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