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Dalai Lama says autonomy talks failed

November 18, 2008

UPI
November 17, 2008

DHARAMSALA, India, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- The Dalai Lama says he has failed
to convince China to give autonomy to Tibet, so exiled Tibetans must
determine for themselves the best course of action.

Writing on his Web site at the start of a weeklong conference for
Tibetan exiles in Dharamsala, India, the spiritual leader said he has
received "no positive signs or changes" from China in his efforts to
negotiate a level of real autonomy for his homeland, CNN reported.

The Dalai Lama advocates a "middle way" for Tibet, in which the
country, technically an autonomous zone within China, would be
allowed to preserve its culture, religion and national identity in
exchange for China continuing to claim it as part of its territory.

"(U)ntil now we have followed the middle way approach, and eight
rounds of talks have taken place since contact with (China) was
restored in 2002," he wrote. "Despite this approach receiving
widespread appreciation from the international community, as well as
the support of many Chinese intellectuals, there have been no
positive signs or changes in Tibet."

The Dalai Lama said it is up to Tibetan exiles to determine what the
next steps will be, CNN reported.
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