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A SENIOR Tibetan official has confirmed that the Armed Police have stepped up security in some parts of the autonomous region but stressed the measures are temporary.

Legqog, chairman of the Standing Committee of Tibet's regional People's Congress, said yesterday that Tibet remains stable and that reports by foreign media about increasing tension are not true.

"The Armed Police would defend against possible disturbances from the Dalai Lama's group and some Western groups of 'Tibet independence'," said Legqog, who is in Beijing attending the ongoing annual session of the National People's Congress.

"Most parts of Tibet are stable. People live normal lives. Religious activities, including major rituals, are also going on as usual," he said.

But, the Dalai Lama's group has never stopped promoting "Tibet independence," creating chaos in Tibet since the March 14 violence last year, he said. "They are not willing to see stability and development in Tibet.

"This year they have intensified their secessionist activities," he said.

These forces tried to collude with their agents in Tibet and even sent people into the region, Legqog said.

"By creating incidents that harm the region's stability, they want to internationalize the so-called 'Tibet issue'."

"We cannot rule out that the Dalai Lama's group will continue its secessionist activities, but their attempts will not succeed," Legqog said.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the region's Democratic Reform.

In 1959, the central government foiled an armed rebellion staged by the Dalai Lama and his supporters.

Meanwhile in Nepal, the government has increased police patrols along the border with China ahead of the 50th anniversary tomorrow.


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