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sikyong-USA-Tour-2013Dharamshala: - Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, the political leader of Tibetan people on May 8, 2013 urged the United States Congress to "further strengthen its efforts to encourage the Chinese government to enter into meaningful dialogue to resolve the Tibet issue peacefully".

Dr Sangay, who is currently on an official visit to the United States, his third since taking over the political leadership, also met with over 35 Congressional staffers in the US House of representatives.

He expressed his gratitude to the Members of Congress for their continuing "political, moral and financial support" to the Tibetan cause.

He also stressed that His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 'Middle Way' approach would provide "for genuine autonomy for Tibet within the framework of the Chinese constitution" and that it would also be a "peaceful solution".

He added that unlike in Macau and Hong Kong, where the Chinese leadership has created a separate system for administration, it has neither "employed the available constitutional mechanism at its disposal, nor shown the political will to resolve the Tibetan issue peacefully".

He stated that under his leadership, the Central Tibetan Administration is tasked with "both pursuing a peaceful and negotiated settlement to the Tibet issue", as well as "the development and welfare of more than 120, 000 Tibetan refugees in South Asia".

The Sikyong also stressed the importance of the role of the Tibetan refugee community as essential in "preserving Tibetan culture, identity, liberty and dignity, until they can flourish again in Tibet".

He also urged Congressional foreign policy committees to hold hearings on Tibet and said that he looked to the Congress for "continued support in advancing a peaceful solution to the Tibet question".

Dr Sangay also met His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Maryland.

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