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Tibetan problem: Talks next month

September 25, 2008

SHIMLA, Sept. 24, 2008 (The Statesman) - The next round of talks between
the Chinese government and the representatives of the Dalai Lama is
likely to be held in the later half of October, where both sides will
attempt to find the solution to the 49-year old Tibetan problem.

The Tibetan government-in-exile at Dharamshala has indicated that there
would be five members including the Dalai Lama's envoys Mr Lodhi
Gyaltsen Gyari and Mr Kelsang Gyaltsen to present the Tibetan point of
view. The previous seven rounds of talks between the two sides have,
however, failed to make much headway. Reportedly upset over the lack of
progress, the Dalai Lama has recently asked the Tibetan Parliament to
call an emergency general meeting to discuss the situation and ascertain
the views of the people. The “middle-way approach” preferred by the
Dalai Lama for working out a solution to the Tibetan problem will also
be discussed in the meeting. This is significant in view of the growing
skepticism about this approach among some sections of the Tibetan youth
who feel that only a “much more aggressive approach” alone would yield
results.

Recently, the 73-year-old Dalai Lama's health condition has also been
causing concern among the Tibetan exiles the world over.
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