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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."

Statement of the Dalai Lama's Envoy's Reporting on the China talks

February 2, 2010

Central Tibet Administration (CTA)
February 2, 2010

Statement by Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kasur Lodi
Gyari, Head of The Delegation which Visited China in January 2010

Envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen and I, accompanied by two
members of our Task Force, Tenzin P. Atisha and
Bhuchung K. Tsering,  and Jigmey Passang from the
Task Force Secretariat, visited China from
January 26 to 31, 2010, for the ninth round of
discussions with representatives of the Chinese
leadership. This round was held after a gap of 15
months. We returned to Dharamsala on February 1,
2010 and have formally reported today to His
Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kalon Tripa Samdhong
Rinpoche, as well as the Speaker and Deputy
Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile.

In Beijing, we had a session with Mr. Du Qinglin,
Vice Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political
Consultative Conference as well as Minister of
the Central United Front Work Department, on
January 30. We had a day-long discussion with
Executive Vice Minister Zhu Weiqun and Vice
Minister Sithar on January 31, 2010. Mr. Nyima
Tsering, a Vice Chairman of the Tibet Autonomous
Region People’s Congress, also participated in these meetings.

We first arrived in Changsha, capital of Hunan
Province, on January 26, 2010. Before beginning
our programmes there, we formally presented to
the Central United Front Work Department, a Note
relating to the Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy
for All Tibetans that we had given during the
previous eighth round of dialogue in November
2008. The Note contained seven points that
addressed the fundamental issues raised by the
Chinese leadership during the eighth round and
some constructive suggestions for a way forward
in the dialogue process. The seven points include
respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity
of the PRC, respecting the Constitution of the
PRC, respecting the “Three Adherences,”
respecting the hierarchy and authority of the
Chinese Central Government, Concerns raised by
the Central Government on specific competencies
referred to the Memorandum, recognising the core
issue, and offering His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s
cooperation for a mutually beneficial solution.

The Note made clear that His Holiness the Dalai
Lama and other members of the exiled leadership
have no personal demands to make.  His Holiness’
concern is with the rights and welfare of the
Tibetan people.  Therefore, the fundamental issue
that needs to be resolved is the faithful
implementation of genuine autonomy that will
enable the Tibetan people to govern themselves in
accordance with their own genius and needs.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaks on behalf of
the Tibetan people, with whom he has a deep and
historical relationship and one based on full
trust.  It cannot be disputed that His Holiness
legitimately represents the Tibetan people, and
he is certainly viewed as their true
representative and spokesperson by them.  It is
indeed only by means of dialogue with His
Holiness the Dalai Lama that the Tibetan issue
can be resolved.  The recognition of this reality is important.

We emphasised the point that His Holiness’
engagement for the cause of Tibet is not for the
purpose of claiming certain personal rights or
political position for himself, nor attempting to
stake claims for the Tibetan Administration in Exile.

We called upon the Chinese side to stop the
baseless accusations against His Holiness and
labeling him a separatist. Instead, we urge the
Chinese leadership to work with him to find a
mutually acceptable solution to the Tibetan
problem based on the Memorandum.  This will
ensure stability, unity and the development of a harmonious society.

The Chinese side laid out "Four Not to Indulge
In" points to outline their position. They also
provided us with a detailed briefing on recent
developments relating to Tibet, particularly on
the important Fifth Tibet Work Forum.  They said
the Forum decided to further improve the
livelihood of Tibetans in the Tibet Autonomous
Region and all Tibetan areas, specifically in
public services, such as education, medical
services, and environmental protection. Based on
the initial reports that we had of the Forum, we
welcomed the issues it has taken up to improve
the lives of the Tibetan people specially in
rural areas. We welcome the fact that the Fifth
Tibet Work Forum has looked into the issues of
development in all Tibetan areas -- The Tibet
Autonomous Region as well as other Tibetan
areas.  It is our strong belief that all the
Tibetan areas must be under a uniform policy and
a single administration. If we take away the
political slogans, many of the issues that have
been prioritised by the Forum are similar to the
basic needs of the Tibetan people outlined in our Memorandum.

A major difference between the two sides is the
conflicting perspectives on the current situation
inside Tibet.  So, in order to have a common
understanding of the real situation, we suggested
a common effort to study the actual reality on
the ground, in the spirit of seeking truth from
facts. This will help both the sides to move beyond each others’ contentions.

In the coming days we will be studying the issues
raised by our counterparts, including the
proceedings of the Fifth Tibet Work Forum and the
"Four Not to Indulge In” points. As we had urged
during our meeting, it is my sincere hope that
the Chinese leadership will also seriously
reflect on the issues raised by us.  Since His
Holiness the Dalai Lama has consistently made his
position clear on the future of Tibet within the
framework of the People’s Republic of China,
given political will on the Chinese leadership’s
side we do not see any reason why we cannot find
a common ground on these issues.  We would like
to reiterate His Holiness’s continued willingness
to work with the Chinese Central Government in
this so that the Tibetan people can regain their
pride and dignity and the People’s Republic of
China’s stability and unity are ensured.

We thank our hosts, the Hunan United Front,
Beijing United Front, and the Central United
Front Work Department, for their hospitality during this visit.

February 2, 2010
Dharamsala
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