Talks with Beijing were frank: Tibetan envoy

May 8th, 2008 - 8:34 pm ICT by admin  


Dharamsala, May 8 (IANS) The two special envoys of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said here Thursday that their talks with Chinese government officials last week were “open and frank” and they had made it clear to Beijing “that the events in Tibet were due to the wrong policies of China”. Kasur Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari, special envoy, in a statement here said: “On May 4 we met the Chinese Executive Vice Minister Zhu Weiqun and Vice Minister Sithar at Shenzhen (South China). They agreed to our suggestion to hold this informal meeting in the city of Shenzhen and without aides.”

The two envoys, Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen, reached Dharamsala - the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile - Wednesday and briefed the Dalai Lama about their talks with Chinese leaders.

Media reports on Sunday said the talks had failed between the two parties, but they had agreed to meet again without specifying a date.

“There were strong and divergent views on the nature and causes of the tragic events in Tibet which we expressed frankly,” Gyari said.

“We rejected categorically the accusation that the Dalai Lama was instigating unrest in Tibet. Instead we made it clear that the events in Tibet were due to the wrong policies of China,” he said.

“The task at hand is to address the legitimate concerns of the Tibetan people in a realistic and constructive way.

“We demanded the release of prisoners and to allow the injured to be treated. We also called for an end to the ‘patriotic re-education’ campaign which is deeply resented by Tibetans,” he said.

Gyari said: “We also rejected the accusation that the Dalai Lama was sabotaging the Olympic Games. On the contrary, we made it clear he was consistently supporting the Beijing Games.

“Each side made concrete proposals which will be part of the future agenda. A date for the next round of talks will be finalised soon after mutual consultations.”

“The Tibetan government-in-exile welcomes the recent statement of President Hu Jintao that his government is ’serious’ about the dialogue and his accepting that the Dalai Lama as being ‘conscientious and serious’,” Gyari said.

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