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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Tibetan exiles gather in India to discuss the future of Tibet

November 17, 2008

The Canadian Press
November 16, 2008

NEW DELHI -- Several hundred Tibetan exile leaders are gathered in
northern India today.

They are there for a landmark meeting that is widely expected to
determine the direction of the movement that has struggled for
decades to win autonomy from China.

The week-long meeting that begins Monday was called by the Dalai
Lama, the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, who says new ideas are
needed following the repeated failure of talks with China.

Today, the Dalai Lama's envoys to the last round of talks with
Beijing issued a statement saying they had presented China with a
detailed plan on how Tibetans could meet their needs of autonomy
within the framework of the Chinese constitution.

But China has apparently rejected the plan and the statement says
recent Chinese statements distort the position and proposal the
envoys have outlined.

Chinese officials say no progress was made in the talks two weeks
ago, and they call the Tibetan stance "a trick" and say it lacks sincerity.
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