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18th Task Force Meeting Concludes

February 16, 2009

Phayul [Sunday, February 15, 2009 21:57]
Namgyal Kunga
Phayul Reporter

Special Envoy Lodi Gyari with Zhu Weiqun, the Executive vice minister of
China’s Central United Front, the Chinese government department in
charge of talks with representatives of His Holiness Dalai Lama, during
eighth round of talks, (file photo)
Special Envoy Lodi Gyari with Zhu Weiqun, the Executive vice minister of
China’s Central United Front, the Chinese government department in
charge of talks with representatives of His Holiness Dalai Lama, during
eighth round of talks, (file photo)
New Delhi, Feb. 15 – The 18th meeting of the Task Force for negotiation
concluded here yesterday at the TCV youth hostel. Talking to phayul
after the meeting, Sonam Norbu Dagpo, a member of the Task Force who
accompanied the two envoys on their visits, said that it was just a
follow up meeting that is usually held before and after each round of talks.

“We met in September before the eighth round of talks, and this meeting
follows our visit to China in October and November last year.”

Dagpo said that the exile Tibetan government has always been ready for
resumption of dialogue if Chinese side is sincere in its dealings.

Talks between Dalai Lama's envoys and Beijing came to a standstill after
a "Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan People” submitted by
the Tibetan side at the eighth round of talks in October last year was
met with Beijing’s derision.

Calling it an “an agenda of independence”, the memorandum was
categorically rejected by Chinese leadership.

“China says that doors for talks are open but they are not ready to
discuss our memorandum which is in compliance with the regional ethnic
autonomy law of the Chinese constitution,” said Dagpo.

Dagpo, who is also the secretary of international relations of the
Tibetan government in exile, further said China insists talks should be
about the Dalai Lama’s future and not the issue of Tibet.

The Tibetan leader has said on number of occasions that he does not want
the talks with Beijing to be about his personal future but that of six
million Tibetans. “If China is ready to discuss the issue of Tibet we
are always ready,” added Dagpo.

Tibetan prime minister, Samdhong Rinpoche, who heads the Task Force,
said in December last year, that the Tibetan side had already made all
the required clarifications and brought a process of dialogue that began
in September 2002 to its logical conclusion.”

Task Force was set up in 1999 to mainly assist the envoys of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama in their talks with the representatives of the
Chinese government.

The members of the Task Force last met in Dharamshala from 22-24
September 2008.
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