China-Tibet talks held in ‘frank and candid manner’


May 8, 2008 5:06 pm

China-Tibet talks held in ‘frank and candid manner’

Thursday, 8 May 2008, 5:06 p.m.


Kasur
Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari, special envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and
envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen addressing media persons, in Dharamshala, 8 May
2008. The two envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama held informal talks
on Tibet with their Chinese counterparts in the Chinese city of
Shenzhen on Sunday, 4 May. (Photo: Sangjey Kep/TibetNet)

Envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama said recent crisis
in Tibet is a clear symptom of deeply felt grievances and resentment of
the Tibetans with China’s policies.

Dharamshala: The two envoys of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama said Thursday both sides have expressed
strong and divergent views on the nature as well as the causes of the
recent tragic events in Tibet in a ‘frank and candid manner’.

The envoys said despite major differences on important issues
both sides demonstrated a willingness to seek common approaches in
addressing the issues at hand and made some concrete proposals, which
can be part of the future agenda.

“As a result an understanding was reached to continue the
formal round of discussions. A date for the seventh round will be
finalised soon after mutual consultations,” said special envoy Kasur
Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari addressing media persons in Dharamshala.

The envoy said: “On our part we rejected categorically the
accusation made against His Holiness the Dalai Lama of instigating the
demonstrations and unrest in Tibet.”

“We made it clear that the events in Tibet are the inescapable
consequences of wrong policies of the authorities towards the Tibetans,
which goes back several decades,” Mr Gyari added.

The recent crisis in Tibet is a clear symptom of deeply felt
grievances and resentment of the Tibetans with these policies. The task
at hand is to address the legitimate concerns of the Tibetan people in
a realistic and constructive way.

The envoys said they have stressed the importance of ending the
current repression throughout Tibet and called for the release of
prisoners, to allow those injured to be given proper medical treatment
and give unfettered access to visitors, including the media.

The envoys urged the Chinese authorities to put an end to the
“patriotic re-education” campaign, which is deeply resented by the
Tibetan people.

The envoys rejected the Chinese government’s baseless
accusation that His Holiness the Dalai Lama is sabotaging the Olympic
Games 2008. On the contrary, they made it clear that His Holiness the
Dalai Lama has consistently and unambiguously supported the Beijing
Olympic Games right from the beginning.

Following large-scale peaceful demonstrations by Tibetans
across the Tibetan plateau since 10 March, the representatives of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama and their Chinese counterparts held informal
talks in China’s southern city of Schenzen on 4 May.

China willing to engage in talks on Tibet

The Chinese President Hu Jintao said Wednesday that the Chinese
government’s next contact with the Dalai Lama is likely to be conducted
at an appropriate time, China’s official media Xinhua reported.

The report said, “Hu made the remarks at a joint press briefing
with Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda following their official
talks at noon. ”

President Hu said: “Officials from China’s central government
made contacts recently with private representatives of the Dalai Lama,
and the next round of contact will be held at an appropriate time.”

Hu said Chinese government’s attitude toward contacts and
consultation with the Dalai Lama is serious,” adding “We hope the
contact to yield positive results.”