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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."

Joint Press Interaction of EAM and FM of Japan

August 24, 2010

Tibet Report's Blog
August 21, 2010

Official Spokesperson (Shri Vishnu
Prakash):  Welcome to the press interaction.
First, the External Affairs Minister of India Mr.
S.M. Krishna will make an opening statement.
Next, the Foreign Minister of Japan His
Excellency Katsuya Okada would be making a statement.

Official Spokesperson: Excellency, thank you very much.

The two Ministers would be very happy to take two
questions from each side. You may like to address
your question to either of the Ministers but
please indicate whether the question is for the
External Affairs Minister or for the Foreign
Minister. Also, please introduce yourself and
your organization. You are requested to kindly
restrict your questions to India-Japan relations.
The first question goes to the Japanese side.

Question (Indian Media): My question is addressed
to Indian Foreign Minister. Sir, how do you plan
to first of all address Japan’s concern on the
testing of a nuclear device? If I may drift from
this, China has also expressed concern over the
meeting of Dalai Lama with the Prime Minister. Can you just clarify on both?

External Affairs Minister of India: The very fact
that Japan has commenced negotiations with India
in order to work out a bilateral agreement on the
peaceful uses of nuclear energy, the first round
of negotiations were held in Tokyo, and we will
continue a follow-up on that as quickly as
possible. And as I mentioned in my opening
statement, there is no timeline for the conclusion of any such agreement.

With reference to the visit of Dalai Lama, the
Indian position has been stated and repeatedly.
And it is unequivocal and it is categorical. I
have mentioned this to my esteemed friend the
Chinese Foreign Minister that Dalai Lama is an
honoured guest in India, and he is a spiritual
leader, and he has been held as such by millions
of Indians, and we do not encourage anyone to get
into political or other activities which will
concern the relationship between two countries.
It has also been made abundantly clear that
Tibetan Autonomous Region is a part of the
People’s Republic of China. I think that should
bring down the curtain on any controversy on this question.
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