US asks China to open up Tibet and have dialogue with Dalai LamaApril 22nd, 2008 - 11:46 am ICT by admin
By Arun Kumar
Washington, April 22 (IANS) The US has reiterated its call for a substantive dialogue between the Dalai Lama and China’s leaders, while stressing the need for China to permit journalists and others reasonable access to all Tibetan areas. The renewed call was made at a meeting Monday between the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader and the US special envoy for Tibet, Paula Dobriansky, at the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor.
“This meeting is part of our ongoing efforts to promote dialogue between the Dalai Lama and Chinese leaders,” the State Department stated after the meeting. Dobriansky “reiterated our long-standing support for substantive dialogue between the Dalai Lama and China’s leaders,” it said.
“This is not a new message, but rather one we have consistently delivered to all sides long before the current situation in Tibet, and one we will continue to deliver to our interlocutors at all levels.”
Dobriansky and the Dalai Lama also discussed the current situation in Tibet and the need for China to permit journalists and others reasonable access to all Tibetan areas, the State Department said.
“We’ve long held that that kind of dialogue is the best way to resolve the longstanding issues with respect to Tibet. And of course, that includes trying to help deal with the consequences of some of the recent violence there,” spokesman Tom Casey told reporters earlier.
Washington, he said, wanted to hear from the Dalai Lama about his ideas and what he believes might be the next appropriate steps in this. “We are certainly going to, of course, also continue to have discussions with the Government of China about this.”
“Both in our public statements as well as in our private discussions with Chinese officials we’ve strongly encouraged them to reach out to the Dalai Lama and to his representatives to be able to have the kind of dialogue that would reduce tensions and help lead to a resolution of some of these differences,” Casey said.
Meanwhile, media reports from Ann Arbor said the Dalai Lama told Dobriansky he appreciated US concern with China’s handling of the political unrest in Tibet and said “we need your help.”
The administration “has expressed its concern about the situation in Tibet and has urged restraint,” Dobriansky said.
President George W. Bush “has been a steadfast supporter of the need for dialogue between his holiness and Chinese leaders … we see a dialogue as an important means and way to go forward, ” she said
- Sangay for resumption of talks with China - Mar 10, 2012
- Exiles ask BRICS to raise Tibet with Hu - Mar 28, 2012
- Tibetans welcome Obama, Dalai Lama meeting - Jul 16, 2011
- Refrain from self-immolation, Tibetian government-in-exile appeals - Sep 02, 2012
- Media censorship in China wrong: Dalai Lama - Dec 13, 2011
- Ready for epic journey to Lhasa: new Tibetan PM - Aug 08, 2011
- China, not Dalai Lama, cause for self-immolation: Sangay (Lead) - Mar 10, 2012
- Efforts on to restart talks with China: Tibetan PM-in-exile - Oct 12, 2011
- Tibetan PM for resumption of talks with China - Aug 08, 2012
- 'Only dialogue can resolve Tibet issue' - Nov 14, 2011
- China, not Dalai Lama, to be blamed for self-immolations: Sangay - Mar 10, 2012
- Censorship in China is morally wrong: Dalai Lama - Jun 24, 2012
- Tibetan meet aims to break deadlock with China - Oct 07, 2011
- Exiles seek UN intervention in Tibet - Mar 21, 2012
- 'Dalai Lama not inciting self-immolations' - Mar 26, 2012