Time running out for
: French senators Tibet
Wed Aug 30, Reuters
Time is running out to reach an agreement on
After meetings with Communist officials in
"There is one chance for
after returning from the remote far-western Himalayan region.
"With so much international attention, the
De Broissia said it was possible a new generation of Tibetan leaders could espouse more violent forms of protest once the Dalai Lama dies.
The Dalai Lama, accused by Beijing of being a separatist, has lived in exile in the Indian hill station of Dharamsala since fleeing Tibet in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese Communist rule.
"The youth in exile are very impatient," he said. "It's in the interests of
The group was allowed only very limited contacts with people in
When they asked about the Dalai Lama, officials responded with questions about unrest among young Muslims in
"They told us the Dalai Lama was forgotten, discredited," the senator said. "We couldn't get anyone to really talk about the Dalai Lama. They would hide behind a disarming smile."
De Broissia said that despite their concerns about the destruction of traditional Tibetan buildings, the French delegation found it a positive sign that they had been invited at all and that the reaction to their visit surprised them.
The Dalai Lama, a Nobel Peace laureate, is usually demonized in
In July, an official Chinese newspaper commentary accused the Dalai Lama -- who has proposed a "
Overseas rights activists have urged the International Olympic Committee to warn