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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

French Senate's Tibet Group, EU Welcomes Resumption of Dialogue on Tibet

February 3, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
January 31, 2010

Dharamshala: The members of the Tibet Information
Group of the Senate, presided by Mr Jean François
Humbert (UMP from Doubs district), welcome the
news about the arrival in China on the 26th
January the Dalai Lama’s envoys, Mr Lodi Gyari
and Mr Kelsang Gyaltsen  to resume talks with the Chinese authorities.

"This talk is taking place after fifteen month
and is the 9th meeting since the two sides began
dialogue in 2002.  Before the talk, the envoys
had a preparatory task force meeting which was
held at Dharamsala chaired by the Premier of the
Exile Tibetan Government, Professor Samdhong
Rinpoche, and later on, they sought advices of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama," Mr Jean François
Humbert said in a statement on 30 January.

"The Senators express their hope for a meaningful
talk during this meeting and state that the
Memorandum of a Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan
People which was released by the Tibetan side in
November 2008, should serve as a basis of the
discussion since it fully conforms to the
provisions of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China.

As the elected members of the French people, they
remain attentive and continue to keep a hope that
a dialogue process, adopted by both sides, will
pave a way to find a negotiated solution to this longstanding issue."

Meanwhile on 28 January, the European Economic
and Social Committee of the European Union
welcomed the progress in the ongoing dialogue process.

"As President of the European Economic and Social
Committee, which was able to lead a fact-finding
trip to Tibet in September 2009 to analyse the
economic and social situation of Tibetan society,
I am delighted with the progress in the ongoing
dialogue on Tibet that has been made over the
last few days," President Mario Sepi said.

"The resumption of discussions, marked by the
meeting between the Dalai Lama's envoys and
delegates from the Tibetan government in exile on
the one hand, and the Chinese government on the
other, followed on from the major symposium on
Tibet, which looked at issues around economic
development of the Tibet autonomous region.

"I am pleased to see that economic and social
problems are so central to the discussions on the
future of the Tibetan people and that the aspects
of economic and social conditions we could
observe during our trip to the Tibet Autonomous
Region (TAR) are at the heart of the talks.

"Among other issues, I would particularly like to
highlight the significant difference between
urban and rural areas and the fact that the
poorer rural areas are mostly populated by Tibetans.

"I am also very positive about the extension of
the development plan for Tibet to the
Tibetan-populated areas of the four contiguous
Chinese provinces. This is a sign of the
awareness of the significance of the issues
around the level of participation by Tibetans in
the region's economic development, a matter that
was of major concern during our trip to Tibet.

"If Tibet is to enjoy genuine, integrated
development, it is of the utmost importance to
invest seriously in the human factor and in
greater civic participation by Tibetans," Sepi said.
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