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Tibetans to Remain Committed to Dialogue With Chinese Govt: Envoys

February 3, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
February 3, 2010

Dharamshala -- "We have clearly expressed to the
Chinese government of our firm commitment to
continuing the dialogue process to resolve the
issue of Tibet," the envoys of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama said Tuesday, adding that "the Chinese
leadership too attaches great importance to engage in talks with us."

(follow the link to watch press conference)

Addressing the media here on latest round of
discussions on Tibet in China from 26 - 31
January, Special Envoy Kasur Lodi Gyari said: "We
have absolutely made it clear to the Chinese
leadership that the issues that we discussed are
about the future of Tibetan people and their well
being. We strongly reiterated there is no
personal matter concerning the future status of His Holiness the Dalai Lama."

Terming the projection of Dalai Lama's personal
issue by the Chinese government as mere political
rhetoric, Kasur Lodi Gyari said the personal
issue of His Holiness the Dalai Lama was never on
the agenda of our discussions throughout the
process since the contact with the Chinese government was established in 1979.

Emphasising "direct dialogue between the Chinese
government and the Tibetan leadership as the only
way to find a solution to issue of Tibet," Kasur
Lodi Gyari said "the sincerity and efforts of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama have sustained the
dialogue process and contacts with the Chinese
government under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping."

"It is our firm belief that direct dialogue
between the Chinese government and Tibetan
leadership is the only way forward to resolve the
Tibetan issue. In order of us to continue the
dialogue process there should be some progress
and tangible steps to be taken by the Chinese government," he said.

'The fundamental issue that needs to be resolved
is the faithful implementation of genuine
autonomy that will enable the Tibetan people to
govern themselves in accordance with their own genius and needs," he said.

Welcoming the Fifth Tibet Work Forum for its
focus on issues of development in all the Tibetan
inhabited areas in Tibet, the envoys spoke of
their "strong belief that all Tibetan areas must
be under a uniform policy and a single
administration. If we take away the political
slogans, many of the issues that have been
prioritised by the forum are similar to the basic
needs of the Tibetan people outlined in our memorandum," Kasur Lodi Gyari said.

The envoys offered suggestions to the Chinese
leadership on common effort to study the actual
reality on the ground, in the spirit of seeking
truth from facts. This will help both the sides
to move beyond each other's contentions, he said.

The envoys urged the Chinese government to
positively and sincerely to the note presented to
them relating to the Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for All Tibetans.

Special Envoy Lodi Gyari said he was
'disappointed and worried about the sense of
great arrogance of the Chinese government on the
future meeting between President Obama and His
Holiness the Dalai Lama." I hope that China as an
ancient nation and with an ancient civilization,
will be able to handle the newly gained economic
and political clout in much more dignified and
responsible manner. China is an important global
power with tremendous potential to play much more
important global role and on the issue of Tibet.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has the moral
responsibility to knock the doors wherever he can
to raise the concerns of the Tibetan people, he added.

On the "Four Not to Indulge In" position laid out
by the Chinese government, Kasur Lodi Gyari said:
"We told the Chinese leadership that we would
thoroughly study the four points, but at the same
we told them very clearly of not making any commitment from our side."

In his brief address, Envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen
said: "The commitment of the Tibetan leadership
in exile is not dependent of the temporary
political attitude of the Chinese government.
Irrespective of the Chinese government's
attitude, the policy of Tibetans is guided the
principles of dialogue and non-violence. Despite
the lack of more understanding and positive
indication from the Chinese government on Tibet,
meeting face to face in dialogue offers the
opportunity to argue, reason and to explain. It
is only through dialogue that we can achieve a
mutually aggreable solution to the issue of Tibet."
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