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No further compromise possible on the issue of Tibet: Tibetan PM

March 21, 2010

Phayul - Thursday, March 18, 2010
By Phurbu Thinley

Dharamsala, March 18: Prime Minister of Tibet's government in exile Prof
Samdhong Rinpoche Thursday said there was no scope left for further
compromise in its dealing with China on the issue of Tibet.

"We have reached a stage where to concede for anything less than that would
be totally irrational on our part," Rinpoche said.

"So there is no question of making further compromise when there is no
further scope left at all," he added.

Rinpoche also stressed that there cannot be any compromise on the demand
that "all Tibetan people should be under one single administration."

"Our single agenda has been to seek genuine or meaningful autonomy for the
Tibetan people under a single administration within the framework of the
People Republic of China," the Tibetan PM said.

"And this remains an uncompromising factor in our talks with the Chinese
side," he added.

The Tibetan PM was speaking to an assembly of Tibetan parliamentarians and
leaders, including former ministers, on the sidelines of the ongoing ninth
session of the 14th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile.

The meeting was convened based on the exiled Tibetan leader His Holiness the
Dalai Lama's statement dated March 8, 2010, and issued to the ongoing
Tibetan parliamentary session on March 9.

The statement called for a comprehensive discussion to clear all confusions
and doubts arising in a section of the exile Tibetan community, and even
raised by certain members of the parliament, questioning the validity of the
Memorandum and the Note on the Memorandum that was submitted to the Chinese
leadership during the eighth and ninth round of talks held in
October/November 2008 and January 2010 respectively.

In the statement, the Tibetan leader has said that the two documents were
arranged after acting sincerely on the unconditional responsibility
entrusted to him by the unanimous resolutions passed by the Tibetan
parliament from time to time.

The meeting will resume again tomorrow from 10:30am onwards.

The ninth session of the 14th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile opened here on
March 8 mainly focused on the budget session of the exile Tibetan
government.

The 11-day session, which is expected to go on till March 20, is the last
budget session of the 14th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile.
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