Tibetan exiles debate the future of the movement

A senior official said on Saturday that Tibetan leaders debating how to advance their struggle for freedom in the last session of a pivotal meeting were likely to support the Dalai Lama's path of compromise. Exile leader Samdhong Rinpoche said that there "appears to be a quiet consensus in favor of the middle path approach, as we expected before." Rinpoche is the prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile. Participants have also said that it was unlikely that the meeting would result in a dramatic break with the Dalai Lama's approach, which pushes for autonomy but not independence.