( Reuters ) - The Dalai Lama said on Sunday he would resign as leader of Tibet's exiled government if violence in his homeland spreads out of control.
"If violence becomes out of control then my only option is to resign," the spiritual leader said at a news conference. "If the majority of people commit violence, then I resign."
The Chinese government has accused the Dalai Lama of orchestrating last month's riots in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa and unrest that followed in other ethnic Tibetan areas, as part of a bid for independence and to ruin the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing.
The Dalai Lama reiterated comments that he was not pushing for a separate state, and said "violence is totally wrong."