Kalon Tripa: Speculations on Negotiation are Premature, Unfair
Friday, 23 September 2005, 16:00
Dharamshala: It is too premature to speculate on why negotiations has still not commenced, Kalon Tripa Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche said today morning on the floor of the Assembly of the Tibetan People’s Deputies.
Contacts between Beijing and Dharamshala have been off and on for a long time, from 1979 to 1999, it is therefore not fair to be impatient about the results of the four rounds of talks held in the few years since contacts were revived in 2002, Kalon Tripa replied to a starred question on the last day of the monsoon session of the Assembly.
To be dejected and bereft after just some rounds of dialogue is not the way to struggle for a national or nationality issue, Kalon Tripa said, adding that the Tibetan cause will be fought unceasingly from generation to generation.
Kalon Tripa said that his administration will fulfill its share of the bargain by continuing the present efforts to create a conducive environment for dialogue. “This however should not be misinterpreted as a clarion call to abandon our fundamental cause,” he warned.
When asked about any conspicuous change in the Chinese leadership during the presidentship of Jiang Zemin and the present Hu Jintao, Kalon Tripa replied in negative, saying the process initiated during the former is sustained by the later.
|Media people wait outside as the Assembly holds a closed-session|
Kalon Tripa however said that, with the change in our position from independence to the Middle-Way Approach, China’s attitude towards the Tibetan issue also appears to have changed from a policy of total annihilation to that of an internal dispute, or from an enemy to that of counterpart.
In a significant development yesterday afternoon, the proposed legislation on the formulation of an action plan based on the Middle-Way Approach failed to make its way to the discussion table during a five-minute closed-session, as most of the deputies raised objections on any confidential deliberations on the matter.
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