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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."

'No agreement' during Tibet talks

May 6, 2008

A day of talks between Chinese officials and representatives of the Dalai Lama have ended without agreement, Chinese state media say.
BBC News (UK)
May 4, 2008 23:06 22:06 GMT,

They say both sides agreed to further meetings on how to end the turmoil in Tibet, but fixed no date for them.

The meeting - in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen - was the first since violent protests by Tibetans in March.

Beijing says the Dalai Lama incited the violence. He denies this and accuses the government of human rights abuses.

Commenting on Sunday's talks, China's state-run Xinhua news agency said: "The central government hoped that to create conditions for the next round of contact and consultation."

AUTONOMY DEMANDS

Western governments have been pressing China to renew dialogue with the Tibet's exiled spiritual leader.

The two sides have met several times since 2002, but without any concrete results.

The Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile have been based in India since fleeing Tibet in 1959, nine years after China sent troops into the region to enforce a territorial claim.

Anti-China protests led by Buddhist monks began in Lhasa on 10 March this year and gradually escalated into rioting.

China says at least 19 people were killed by the rioters - but Tibetan exiles say that nearly 100 were killed by the Chinese security forces as they moved to quell the unrest.

The unrest was the worst in the region in 20 years.

After the riots, pro-Tibetan protesters threw China's global Olympic torch relay into disarray as it passed through several cities, including London, Paris and San Francisco.

The Dalai Lama has repeated his position that he wants increased autonomy for Tibet within China, not independence.
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