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26 october 2012 001Rome, 24 October: "Your support for education of Tibetans will help the future of Tibet and in fulfilling the aspirations of Tibetans in Tibet", said Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay at a public talk at the Rome Provincial Government.

The Tibetan Community in Italy, AREF International Onlus and other Tibet related organisations hosted the public talk. The Rome Provincial Government provided financial support for students at the Centre for Teacher Education at Bhuntar, India.

In his address, Dr Sangay said he appreciates the support by the Tibet related organisations in Italy. This support is vital in keeping the issue of Tibet alive. "Your support is deeply appreciated," he said.

Speaking about the present situation in Tibet, the Tibetan Political leader said that during the last seven days, four Tibetans in Tibet have self-immolated. He reiterated that he urged Tibetans not to take such drastic actions.

The reasons the Tibetans have self-immolated are due to the Chinese government's systematic repression of Tibetan religion, language and culture, and forced resettlement of Tibetan nomads in Tibet.

On his arrival at the Rome Provincial Government, Mr Nicola Zingaretti, President of Rome Provincial Government received Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay. During their meeting Mr. Zingaretti, who had met His Holiness the Dalai Lama and also visited Dharamsala, enquired about the present situation in Tibet.

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