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British share Tibet's 'frustration'

November 26, 2008

Times of India
November 25, 2008

LONDON -- Britain shares the "frustration" of the Tibetan exile
movement in failing to make headway in autonomy talks with China, a
British minister said.

But in comments made on Monday, Foreign Office Minister Bill Rammell
also said an autonomous Tibet must remain within the "framework of
the Chinese Constitution."

Commenting on the conclusion of the Tibetan exiles' meeting in
Dharamsala in India, Rammell said he welcomed the renewed commitment
from the Tibetan exile movement "to pursue a sustainable solution to
the underlying issues in Tibet through dialogue with China and
non-violent means."

"The British government shares their frustration that it has not yet
been possible to make substantive progress on the issues so far," he
added. Rammell said that "some of the proposals put forward by the
Tibetan side prior to the last round of dialogue should provide a
basis for substantive discussion, focused initially on identifying
points of agreement."

"So I urge both parties to resume their discussions without delay, to
find a system of meaningful autonomy for Tibet within the framework
of the Chinese constitution, with full respect for Tibet's distinct
culture, religion and languages."

Rammell's comments follow Britain's recent recognition of Chinese
sovereignty over Tibet.

British Foreign Minister David Miliband, in a parliamentary statement
Oct 29, gave his support to talks between Chinese and Tibetan
negotiators and also backed the Dalai Lama's call for autonomy as a
basis for agreement.

Miliband also referred to a historic agreement dating back to the
early 20th century, which acknowledged China's "special position" in
Tibet, but asserted that Tibet had never been fully part of the country.

However, describing the policy as an "anachronism", he asserted:
"Like every other EU (European Union) member state, and the United
States, we regard Tibet as part of the People's Republic of China."

Talks between Chinese officials and Tibetan exiles ended earlier this
month after failing to make any progress.
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