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Dalai Lama Says He is Losing Control Over Followers བོད་སྐད།


The Dalai Lama says Tibetans frustrated with China's refusal to strike an agreement on the future of Tibet are losing faith in his strategy of seeking autonomy through dialogue.

The exiled spiritual leader's comments appeared Monday in London's "Financial Times" newspaper. He said he hopes the Chinese government will begin serious negotiations with his envoys on provisions for greater Tibetan autonomy, in upcoming talks between the two sides.

The 72-year-old Nobel Laureate acknowledged that the more radical Tibetans favor violent confrontation with China. He also noted that his efforts to date have failed.

China -- under intense foreign pressure -- has agreed to hold new talks with representatives of the Dalai Lama on Tibet. The agreement came after a violent Chinese crackdown in Tibet in March, that Tibetans say resulted in scores of deaths.

China accused the Dalai Lama of instigating the unrest. The Dalai Lama denies the charge.

Envoys of the Dalai Lama met Chinese officials early this month for preliminary talks. The two sides are to meet again in June.

The Dalai Lama is on an 11-day visit to Britain aimed at highlighting his campaign for human rights. He arrived in London last week from Germany.

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