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Tibet provisional govt to decide on China talks soon

September 16, 2008

Sun Sep 14, 2008 4:52pm IST

By Abhishek Madhukar

DHARAMSALA, India (Reuters) - The Tibetan government-in-exile said on 
Sunday it would make a final decision on whether to continue dialogue 
with China to ease tension in Tibet after their next encounter ends in 

"I think the talks may go on, but these talks will only be about 
talks. They (China) will not really give us anything, concede 
anything," Karma Chophel, speaker of the Tibetan parliament-in-exile, 
said in Dharamsala, the base of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

The proposed eighth round of talks on easing tension in Tibet had been 
scheduled for October, officials said.

"If in the eighth round of talks we see a ray of hope, then there will 
be a ninth round of talks, otherwise not," Chophel told Reuters in 

The decision to review the dialogue process was taken ahead of a 
crucial meeting on Monday, when government officials are to finalise 
the agenda of a special meeting ordered by the Dalai Lama to discuss 
the Tibet crisis.

The Dalai Lama, who was treated in a Mumbai hospital last month after 
complaining of abdominal discomfort, has cancelled a planned tour of 
Europe and will attend the special meeting in November or December, 
Chophel said.

The extraordinary gathering is to discuss political unrest and the 
future of the Tibetan movement, he added.

Several younger Tibetans would like to go further than the 
conciliatory "middle way" approach of the Dalai Lama, who seeks 

The extraordinary meeting comes after months of anti-China protests 
across the world, sparked off by unrest in Tibet in March which China 

Beijing says the Dalai Lama's followers fomented riots and protests 
across the mountainous region in a bid to derail last month's Olympics 
Games, a charge the exiled spiritual leader rejected.

Envoys of the Dalai Lama and China met in July to defuse the 
situation, the latest of several rounds of talks since 2002, but the 
Tibetan envoys appeared disillusioned.

They said China lacked serious commitment to solve the crisis after 
their return.
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