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‘Separatist allegations’ by Chinese Premier misleading: Tibetan PM

March 16, 2009

Phayul [Sunday, March 15, 2009 01:43]

Calling Premier Wen Jiabao’s ‘separatist’ allegations against the Dalai
Lama a misleading one, Tibetan PM asks China to ‘demonstrate its
sincerity’ in resolving Tibet issue

By Phurbu Thinley

Dharamsala, March 14: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's ‘separatist’
allegations against the exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai
Lama were misleading, Prime Minister of the Tibet’s Government in exile
said in a statement released on Saturday.

‘On many occasions, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has reiterated that he
is not seeking separation from the People's Republic of China,’ PM Prof.
Samdhong Rinpoche said.

‘The Chinese Premier's allegations of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
seeking separation is far from the truth,’ the PM remarked.

‘The international community is well aware of this fact and it does not
need further clarification,’ Prof. Rinpoche, who became the first
directly-elected PM of the exile government in 2001 and currently
running his second consecutive term in the office, added.

The Tibetan PM was responding to Chinese Premier’s comments made during
a rare press conference on Friday in Beijing. Premier Wen reiterated the
usual Chinese statement saying that the doors for negotiation were
‘always open’ as long as the Dalai Lama renounces what Beijing describes
as ‘separatism’.

Wen's comments came at the end of a week that marked the 50th
anniversary of a failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule.

The Tibetan PM, while welcoming PRC leadership's willingness to
‘continue contacts and consultations’ with the Envoys of the Dalai Lama,
expressed hope that ‘Beijing will demonstrate its sincerity in resolving
the Tibetan problem.’

‘His Holiness the Dalai Lama is always ready to engage with the Chinese
leadership to find a mutually acceptable solution to the problems of the
Tibetan people,’ Prof. Rinpoche said.

Rinpoche asserted that the demands from the Tibetan side had already
been presented to the PRC government in writing in the ‘Memorandum on
Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan People,’ and accused the Premier Wen of
somehow sidestepping the presence of the document.

‘What His Holiness is seeking for the Tibetan people has already been
presented to the PRC government in writing as a Memorandum on Genuine
Autonomy for the Tibetan People by the Envoys of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama on 31 October 2008 during the eighth round of talks,’ Prof.
Rinpoche noted.

‘The Memorandum clearly outlines the aspirations of the Tibetan people
strictly within the constitutional principles of the People's Republic
of China,’ the PM said.

‘Premier Wen Jiabao appears to be trying to avoid acknowledging this
document by referring to some past statements of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama,’ Rinpoche added.

The Dalai Lama says he is only seeking a ‘real and meaningful’ autonomy
for Tibetan people within China and opposes the use of violence.

Talks between the representatives of the Dalai Lama and Beijing came to
a standoff after eight rounds of talks failed to bring out any positive
outcome.

The memorandum presented by the Tibetan side during the eighth round of
talks was met with China's derision with Beijing blaming the Tibetan
side of seeking ‘disguised independence’.

Even after categorically rejecting the memorandum, China still says it
is sincere about the talks.
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