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Tibetans still hopeful for dialogue with China

April 13, 2009

Tibetan Review
April 11, 2009

Has the Sino-Tibetan dialogue reached a dead-end
or is there still a potential way forward?
Kelsang Gyaltsen, the Dalai Lama's envoy to
Europe, seems to prefer to believe the latter.
"If there is any seriousness and political will
on the part of the Chinese government, the ball
is now in their court," Reuters Apr 9 quoted
Gyaltsen, a participants in talks with the Chinese government, as saying.

Referring to the memorandum on autonomy the Dalai
Lama’s envoys submitted to their Chinese
counter-part during the eighth round of talks in
Beijing in Oct-Nov’08, Mr Gyaltsen has said,
"They have now either to come up with their own
suggestions for a way forward or we have to
assume that the Chinese government is not
interested in ... finding a mutually acceptable
solution through dialogue with the Tibetans."

The Chinese have been diarrhoeic in their
outpouring of rejections and condemnations of the
Tibetan autonomy proposal. However, they have not
yet come up with any proposal of their own.

And Mr Gyaltsen had said the Tibetan side was yet
to reach a conclusion that China was no longer
interested in dialogue. "The time (since
November) is too short. Let's see," he was quoted as saying.

He had urged European governments to take a
common position on Tibet that was "clear and
strong", noting that China's increasing influence
in the world made the Tibet issue more, rather than less, important.

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