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Dalai Lama envoys urged common Tibet study with China

February 2, 2010

February 2, 2010

DHARAMSALA, India (Reuters) - Envoys for the
Dalai Lama said on Tuesday they had proposed to
China a "common effort" to study the situation
inside Tibet, saying such a move could help reconcile differances.

Having returned from talks in China last week,
envoy Kasur Lodi Gyari said they were briefed
about a new Chinese policy approach that for the
first time includes all Tibetan regions.

China's fifth work conference on Tibet includes
all Tibetan regions under the same policy
umbrella and will set targets for accelerated
development and better social services.

"If we take away the political slogan, many of
the issues that have been prioritised by the
(conference) are similar to the basic needs of
the Tibetan people outlined in our memorandum,"
Kasur Lodi Gyari, one of the Dalai Lama's envoys,
said. He said a major difference between the two
sides is the conflicting perspective on the situation inside Tibet.

"So, in order to have a common understanding of
the real situation, we suggested a common effort
to study the actual reality on the ground ...
This will help both sides to move beyond each others' contentions."

Kelsang Gyaltsen, another Tibetan envoy, told
Reuters that there was no shift in Beijing's
stand, but Chinese officials were more willing
than before to hear the Tibetan side.

Talks between the two sides began in 2002 but
broke down amid acrimony in 2008. China says the
Nobel Peace Prize-winning Dalai Lama is a violent
separatist, but he says he only wants genuine autonomy for his homeland.
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