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"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

Issues Raised by Envoys of H.H. The Dalai Lama during the Ninth Round of Dialogue with Representatives of the Chinese Leadership

March 11, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
March 9, 2010

The Envoys conveyed a three-point message to the
representatives of the Chinese leadership.

Firstly, a seven-point Note was presented that
expanded on the Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy
for All Tibetans that was presented during the
eighth round of talks. The Envoys reiterated our
hope that the Chinese Central Government will
give due consideration and have meaningful
dialogue on this. The Chinese Central Government
has made different comments and expression of
concerns concerning the Memorandum and the Note
was intended to address these and to offer some
constructive suggestions for a way forward in the
dialogue process. The Note was also intended to
prevent the chance of misinterpretation and
misconception by the general public. The seven
points in the Note include respecting sovereignty
and territorial integrity of the PRC, respecting
the Constitution of the PRC, respecting the
"Three Adherences," respecting the hierarchy and
authority of the Chinese Central Government,
Concerns raised by the Central Government on
specific competencies referred to the Memorandum,
recognising the core issue, and offering His
Holiness the Dalai Lama's cooperation for a mutually beneficial solution.

The Envoys suggested that through consultation if
some of the issues in the Memorandum that are
easier to be implemented are taken up in stages,
it would certainly help in the gradual implementation of the basic issues.

Secondly, the Envoys emphasised that His
Holiness' sole concern is the well-being of the
six million Tibetans in Tibet. They stated that
we have never raised any personal issues of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama or the welfare of the few people around him.

With regard to this, the Chinese Central
Government contends that most of the Tibetan
people are in a happy and satisfactory situation,
and that there is no Tibetan issue. Our
perception is that most of the Tibetans are in a
situation where they face limitless suffering and
where they do not have a satisfactory religious,
political, economic, language and culture, and
social situation. In the light of these two
differing perspectives, the Envoys suggested that
there be a study by the two sides to determine
the reality of the situation. This study needs to
be undertaken under a situation where all the
Tibetans can have the opportunity to participate
without fear or suspicion. The two sides could
mutually decide the practical ways to implement
this. If the outcome of this study is that most
of the Tibetans feel there is no problem and
their present situation is satisfactory, that is
what His Holiness the Dalai Lama is calling for.
But if the outcome confirms that most of the
Tibetan people are not in a satisfactory
situation, the Chinese Central Government then
needs to recognise that there is a problem in the
spirit of seeking truth from facts, and both
sides need to discuss and together find a solution.

Thirdly, the Envoys stated that during the
informal session in Shenzhen in May 2008, we had
rejected the allegation that His Holiness the
Dalai Lama and the leadership in exile have
instigated the demonstrations throughout the
Tibetan areas since March 10, 2008 as they were
without basis. Therefore, during the seventh
round of talks, the Chinese Central Government
accepted the reality by altering the "Three
Stops" (which include asking us to stop
activities for independence or instigating
Tibetans in Tibet) to "Four Not to Support".

However, in recent times we find that the same
allegations are being repeated. Therefore, the
Envoys conveyed our feeling that the Chinese
Central Government needed to clarify whether its
position is what that was stated to us in the
seventh round of talks. If there is a change,
then the Chinese Central Government needs to
undertake a thorough scientific investigation, in
Tibet as well as in the Tibetan community in
exile, into the veracity of their charge. The
Envoys stated our readiness to extend every
support to this investigation. If it is confirmed
that the Central leadership's charge has a basis,
then we will confess for the past action and
commit not do so in the future. If there is no
confirmation then the Central Government should
rectify and halt the leveling of these allegations.
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