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No improvement inside Tibet: Dalai Lama

Kolkata, Sunday, November 23, 2003 (UNI) - Tibetan spiritual leader the
Dalai Lama today regretted that there was no improvement in conditions
inside Tibet despite his renewing direct contact with the Chinese

The Dalai Lama was responding to a question on the present state of
relationship between him and the Chinese government.

"Last September, we renewed direct contact with the Chinese government which
was a good start. However, for the past one year there are no signs of
improvement in conditions inside Tibet," he added apparently referring to
the human rights violation there.

The Tibetan spiritual leader reiterated that he was committed to pursuing
the "middle path approach" for solving the Tibetan question and for which
direct contact between his government - in - exile and the Chinese
government was essential.

The Dalai Lama arrived from Delhi by a private airline this morning on a
two-day visit to the city during which he would attend a function of the
Vishwa Bharati here.

Elaborate security arrangements were made at the airport in view of the
"very high potentiality" of threat to his life, according to a senior