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Tibetans to Unveil Autonomy Plan

August 6, 2008

From correspondents in Berlin
The Australian
August 4, 2008

ONE of the Dalai Lama's top envoys says Tibetan negotiators will
present Chinese negotiators with a detailed autonomy plan at their
next meeting in October.

"During the eighth round (of negotiations held since 2002), it is
almost about all or nothing," Kelsang Gyaltsen told German news
magazine Der Spiegel today.

"We will present a detailed plan of how we foresee autonomy in Tibet.
If the Chinese side reacts positively, one could propose specific
preliminary steps, for example a pilgrimage of the Dalai Lama to China.

"Such a development could lead to a meeting between His Holiness and
the Chinese president and provide decisive momentum."

Mr Gyaltsen said he had reason to believe Beijing was ready to
resolve the dispute over Tibet in negotiations.

"We are hearing that leading Chinese military officers are calling
for a detente on the Tibet question," he said.

China has ruled Tibet since 1951, a year after sending troops to
"liberate" the remote Himalayan region.

The Dalai Lama fled his homeland in 1959 following a failed uprising
and has since lived in exile in India.
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