Mothers of June 4th Massacre Victims Call for Dialogue Between Dalai Lama and Beijing

By Wang Manna, Central News Agency
March 22, 2008 12:00 am Last Updated: March 22, 2008 12:00 am

HONG KONG—The Tiananmen Mother's Campaign, created by mothers of the victims of the June 4th Massacre of 1989, urged Beijing to revoke its character defamation of the Dalai Lama, and to immediately work with him to resolve the unrest in Tibet.

Campaign founder, Ding Zilin, stated that many deaths have resulted from the conflict, which is tragic for the Tibetans, as well as the Han people. She is calling for Beijing to immediately stop using military force to repress Tibet. She is also appealing to the Tibetan people to cease resorting to violence.

Ding proposed that Beijing revoke its charges against the Dalai Lama, and desist in defaming his character. It should then unconditionally engage with him in direct or indirect dialogue, to resolve the crisis in Tibet.

Ding also expressed that Beijing needs to fundamentally change its misconceptions of the Tibetan issue, admit to its biases, and reconsider its current stance on Tibet. If Beijing insists on staying on its current track, she feels it will not be possible to solve the conflict.