Dharamsala: Describing Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama as the most peace loving person on the earth and not a separatist, Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Friday appealed to the Chinese government to grant Tibet autonomy.
“I want to bring it to the notice of the Chinese government that his Holiness (Dalai Lama) is the most peace loving person on the earth. He is a peacemaker and not a separatist,” Tutu, who is on a one-day visit here said.

While addressing an event organised as his welcome ceremony, he said, “Dalai Lama does not lead any army, and is known all over the world for his peace building works. Hence China must think towards settling the age old Tibetan issue.”

Archbishop Tutu, who is currently on a five-day visit to India to fight the evil of child marriage, also hoped that a day will come when "we will enter free Tibet."
Both the leaders were scheduled to meet in South Africa last year when Tutu had invited the Dalai Lama to attend his 80th birthday celebrations in Cape Town. However, Dalai Lama had to call off his trip at the eleventh hour after repeated visa delays.
While praising the work done by the Archbishop for the welfare of the people, the Dalai Lama said “I highly respect the work done by Tutu for the mankind. Today people of Tibet are facing a difficult time. Hence, I urge the Archbishop to pray to the almighty for us.”