The Dalai Lama said Saturday he'd like to visit China to pray with people injured in the earthquake that struck in the province where he was born.
The Dalai Lama, who in 1959 went into exile in India after an aborted Tibetan rebellion against Chinese rule, had expressed a wish to visit victims of the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan that killed about 70,000 people. But he was not allowed to visit China then.
"This time the location of the earthquake lies in Qinghai¬†Province, which happens to be where both the late Panchen Lama and I were born," the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said in a statement on his web site.
"To fulfill the wishes of many of the people there, I am eager to go there myself to offer them comfort."
The death toll from Wednesday's magnitude 6.9 earthquake rose to 1,484 people, officials said late Saturday.