OPINION

April 14, 1959

TIBET: London, 11 – According to telegrams from New Delhi, the Dalai Lama is scheduled to hold talks on Monday with an envoy of Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Apparently the Dalai Lama has asked to meet with Nehru and has assured the latter that he will avoid any act which could cause difficulties for India’s relations with other countries. This is interpreted as an assurance that he will avoid condemning Communist China over the violence it is using against Tibetan rebels. India’s ambassador to the United Nations has said that the Dalai Lama has permission to remain in India for as long as he wishes. Tibet, he added, has never been an independent state in the sense usually understood, but has been under Chinese rule with some internal autonomy. Events in Tibet, he added, should not be linked to the question of Peking’s representation at the United Nations, but should be considered in the light of possible future developments and the interests of various countries. According to reports from Taipei, groups of Mongolian rebels are supplying the rebels in Tibet with Russian-made weapons.