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Envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen briefs the Three Kalon Tripa Candidates on the Status of Dialogue with Beijing

February 02, 2011

[Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Dharamsala: Envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen today briefed the three official
candidates for the post of Kalon Tripa on the ongoing dialogue
process with the Chinese leadership. This briefing was initiated by
the Envoys in consultation with Kalon Tripa and with approval of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama. In a three-hour briefing, the Envoy
updated the three candidates, Kalon Trisur  Tethong Tenzin Namgyal,
Kasur Tashi Wangdi and Dr Lobsang Sangay on the status of the
dialogue process. He began his briefing by recounting the genesis
of the dialogue process between Dharamsala and Beijing in 1979 when
China's paramount leader, Deng Xiaoping, stated that except for the
issue of Tibetan independence, everything else could be discussed
and resolved.

Envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen summarised the content of the discussions
between the Tibetan team and the representatives of the Chinese
government which comprises 623 pages of meeting minutes and 200
pages of written notes, clarifications and statements given by the
Tibetan delegation to the Chinese side. Since 2002 Special Envoy
Kasur Lodi Gyari led the Tibetan team in nine rounds of talks with
the representatives of the Chinese government. The last meeting
with the Chinese side was in January 2010.

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