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Not hopeful of miracle, Tibetan PM on resumption of talks

January 28, 2010

January 27, 2010

Dharamsala, Jan 27 -- As the Tibetan envoys began
their China visit yesterday the Tibetan Prime
Minister hoped the visit would be an opportunity
for his side to clarify and explain certain
contents of the “Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy”
that the Chinese side had "misinterpreted" and
rejected at the eighth round of talks.

Talking to the Voice of Tibet radio service
Monday, Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche who heads the
Task Force for Negotiations, said he did not hope
this visit will be a turning point or will bring
immediate or drastic change in the dialogue
process. However, the former academician said the
resumption of talks in itself was a relief for
many who were worried by the standoff since November 2008.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Government said yesterday
that the Tibetan side should "cherish the
opportunity of fresh contacts and respond
positively to the request of the central
government,” reported China's official mouthpiece
Xinhua. Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said
Tuesday that the Chinese side had arranged for
the talks on the request of the Tibetan side.

China insists it is dealing with the private
representatives of the Dalai Lama while the
Tibetan side maintains the issue is not just
about the Dalai Lama’s person but of the six million Tibetans’ future.

The envoys will not be visiting Tibet this time, according to Rinpoche.
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