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Sunday, February 26, 2006



12. Dalai Lama's India-based representatives report progress after visit to China (AP)


Dharmsala, Feb. 26 (AP): Tibetan and Chinese officials met this month
in southern China and, while fundamental differences persist, there is
a growing understanding between the two sides, the Dalai Lama's
special envoy said.


Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari, representative for the Tibetan spiritual leader
who has lived in exile in India for nearly 50 years, said he led a
four-man team in their Feb. 15-23 trip.


The Dalai Lama's envoys have attended four rounds of talks with China
since 2002. Specific details of those discussions have not been
released, but they are believed to have focused on the Dalai Lama's
demands for more autonomy for Tibet to protect its unique Buddhist
culture.


``Today there is a better and deeper understanding of each other's
position and the fundamental differences that continue to exist in the
positions held by the two parties,'' Gyari said in a statement
released late Saturday.


China has claimed Tibet as part of its territory for centuries, and
it's forces occupied the region in 1950. Branded a separatist, the
Dalai Lama fled to the north Indian city of Dharmsala in 1959 where he
formed a government-in-exile. He has repeatedly said he wants
autonomy, not independence, for Tibet.


``This round of discussion also made it clear that there is a major
difference even in the approach in addressing the issue. However, we
remain committed to the dialogue process and are hopeful that progress
will be possible,'' Gyari said.


``Our Chinese counterparts made clear their interest in continuing the
present process and their firm belief that the obstacles can be
overcome through more discussions and engagements,'' he said in the
statement.


On Feb. 16, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang, refused to
confirm any talks between the Tibetan delegation and Chinese
officials, but to say they were visiting in a ``private capacity.''


Gyari said he met with Chinese Communist Party officials in the
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, and that the Tibetans also visited
Guangdong and Guangxi provinces.


Articles in this Issue:
  1. Special Envoy=92s Statement (Tibet.net)
  2. Dalai Lama envoys report block in talks with China (Reuters)
  3. Dalai Lama's India-based representatives report progress after visit=20= to China (AP)
  4. Tibetan Hunger Strikers Put IOC in a Jam (AP)
  5. Tibetans protest China hosting 2008 games (CBS)
  6. ICT commends the IOC for meeting with hunger strikers (ICT)
  7. Tibetans detained after wave of burning of animal skins throughout=20 Tibet (ICT)
  8. Tibet railway offers luxury travel to "Roof of the World" (Xinhua)
  9. In praise of ... the Dalai Lama (The Guardian)
  10. Special Envoy=92s Statement (Tibet.net)
  11. Dalai Lama envoys report block in talks with China (Reuters)
  12. Dalai Lama's India-based representatives report progress after visit to China (AP)
  13. Tibetan Hunger Strikers Put IOC in a Jam (AP)
  14. Tibetans protest China hosting 2008 games (CBS)
  15. ICT commends the IOC for meeting with hunger strikers (ICT)
  16. Tibetans detained after wave of burning of animal skins throughout Tibet (ICT)
  17. Tibet railway offers luxury travel to "Roof of the World" (Xinhua)
  18. In praise of ... the Dalai Lama (The Guardian)



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