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Tenth round of talks likely in December, says Tibetan PM

October 18, 2010

October 15, 2010

Dharamsala, October 15 -- Prime Minister of
Tibet's government in exile Prof Samdhong
Rinpoche has said that the the next round of
talks, tenth in the series held since 2002, could
possibly take place in December.

“We have made full preparations for talks with
China, which could be held anytime,” Hindustan
Times newspaper quoted the Tibetan Prime Minister
as saying in its Thursday's edition.

Although Rinpoche did not confirm the schedule
for talks, he indicated that the next round could
possibly take place in December, the paper added.

“It is for them to decide the venue and time for
talks,” said Rinpoche indicative of the feelers being sent from China.

Nine rounds of talks held so far between the two
sides did not produce any concrete results. After
a hiatus of almost 15 months the two sides held
their ninth round of dialogue in January 2010 in Beijing.

With no response from China over talks for the
last 10 months, according to Hindustan Times, the
Tibetans had "apparently stepped up their efforts
through private channels to pursue Chinese leaders to engage in a dialogue".

“Yes, we are in touch with the Chinese side," Rinpoche said.

Two-time PM, Rinpoche heads the task force
constituted by the Tibetan government-in-exile to
assist the Dalai Lama’s talks on Tibet with China.

The Tibetan side this time has "proposed to work
jointly with the Communist government to improve
situation inside the China-administered Tibet", the paper said.

"This time, the Tibetan side has proposed to work
on joint strategy with Chinese counterparts to
create more conducive environment within Tibet," it added.

“Talks would primarily focus around 13-point
charter of demands submitted to the Chinese
counterparts during the eight rounds of talks,”
the paper cited a member of the Tibetan
delegation to China as saying on request of anonymity

The paper also cited reliable sources in the
Tibetan administration as saying that the Tibetan
side would submit a note for clearing the doubts
raised at the time of the ninth round of talks
during the next round of meeting.

The Chinese side during the eighth round of talks
two years ago had rejected the Tibetan people’s
memorandum for genuine autonomy. The memorandum
met with Beijing's derision with the Communist
leaders calling it a demand for
‘half-independence’ and ‘disguised independence’ or ‘covert independence’.”

The Tibetan side maintains that the articles of
the proposed memorandum were prepared in
accordance with the provisions of the
constitution of People’s Republic of China and
its laws on national regional autonomy.

The Dalai Lama, 75, who lives in exile in the
Indian hill town of Dharamsala, says he does not
want independence for Tibetan regions, but rather
greater autonomy. He says the Tibetans should be
able to make their own policy regarding religious
practice, education and immigration to the
regions. Tibetans are anxious over the large
numbers of ethnic Han, who dominate most of
China, moving to the Tibetan plateau to seek their fortunes.

Chinese Communist government continues to accuse
Dalai Lama of being a dangerous “splittist,” and
has flooded large areas of Tibetan regions with
security forces since a widespread uprising there in March 2008.
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