Bring normalcy before talks, Tibetans tell China

April 26th, 2008 - 3:05 pm ICT by admin  

Dharamsala, April 26 (IANS) The Tibetan government-in-exile said Saturday the situation in Tibet needs to be normalised before talks take place between envoys of China and Tibet’s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. The prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile, Samdhong Rinpoche, was responding to China’s wish to hold talks with the Dalai Lama or his envoys in the coming days to resolve the situation in Tibet.

“We feel it will require normalcy in the Tibetan areas for the formal resumption of talks. We are committed to take all steps, including informal meetings,” said Rinpoche.

“For any meeting to be productive it is important for the Chinese leadership to understand the reality and acknowledge the positive role of His Holiness the Dalai Lama rather than indulge in vilification campaign as is evident from the latest Chinese statement,” he said.

“Throughout the present crisis in Tibet, we have maintained contact with the Chinese authorities, not only to share our deepest concerns at their repressive measures in Tibet, but more importantly to provide suggestions to resolve the crisis.”

“The Dalai Lama even sent a personal communication to China’s President Hu Jintao as early as March 19 this year. He offered to send representatives to help calm the situation,” he said.

The anti-China protests began in Tibet March 10, leaving dozens dead.

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