His Holiness’ Envoy Calls China for Sincerity in Tibet Discussion Friday, 10 October 2008, 11:05 a.m.
|Mr. Kelsang Gyaltsen, Envoy to Europe of His Holiness the Dalai Lama (L) being interviewed by Chinese journalists on Wednesday in London.|
London: His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Envoy, Mr Kelsang Gyaltsen urged the British government to encourage the Chinese government to show sincerity in the current discussion process to resolve the Tibet issue in the interest of both the Tibetan and Chinese peoples.Envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen met senior officials in the Prime Minister’s Office as well as with Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Foreign Affairs Spokespersons of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties during his two-day visit to UK. He briefed the senior officials of the British government on the ongoing plight of the Tibetans inside Tibet and on the discussion process between the representatives of the Chinese government and envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama since 2002.He clarified that the issue of Tibet, contrary to the official Chinese misinterpretation, is not about the welfare of the person of the Dalai Lama but concerns the happiness of the six million Tibetan people.He gave a detailed explanation on the “Middle Way Approach” of His Holiness the Dalai Lama that not only guarantees the survival of Tibet’s culture, but also ensures the unity and stability of China. Expressing the deep concerns especially of the Tibetans in exile for the grave and alarming situation in Tibet, he said many Tibetans inside Tibet describe the current difficult situation as similar to the depressing days of the “Cultural Revolution”.He said through their “patriotic re-education” campaigns, the Tibetan are being forced to declare total loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party and the State. He said despite the official Chinese announcement that normalcy has returned to Tibet, the Tibetan areas are still under heavy restrictions and access to these areas is heavily restricted. Mr. Gyaltsen said the lack of any positive initiative on the part of the Chinese government in the dialogue process and the worsening state of affairs in Tibet was a cause for much concern. He said it was because of this that many Tibetans, supporters around the world and observers feel that China’s participation in the dialogue with representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama is only “to deflect International criticism”. He expressed hoped that in order to make the discussions productive, the Chinese government representatives should seize the opportunity to seriously discuss a proposal on the “genuine autonomy” during the next of talks. He noted that despite the current rigid stand taken on Tibet by the present Chinese leadership, there were many Chinese in the government and outside who are showing a more positive attitude toward the Tibetan problem and calling for a timely solution and even ready to act on behalf of the Tibetans. He also said that contrary to the official Chinese portrayal of Tibet and the Tibetans as “underdeveloped, backward, and superstitious”, more and more Chinese through better information are showing interest in the Tibetan Buddhist culture and even supporting their just cause. The officials in the British government, including political leaders and parliamentarians and members of non-governmental organizations assured their continued interest and support on resolving the issue of Tibet. They expressed their high sense of respect for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and admiration for his peaceful efforts not only for Tibet but also for the betterment of the world at large.During his brief visit, Mr. Gyaltsen spared time to address a meeting opportunity for the press in London that was also attended by some Chinese journalists. He also addressed the Tibetans in UK on the dialogue process, which, was followed by a very lively and informed question and answer session that lasted for over two hours. Envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen was accompanied at these governmental and non-governmental meetings by Mr. Tsering Tashi, the London-based Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.