Tibetans to lay conditions for future talks with China

November 22nd, 2008 - 12:05 am ICT by IANS  

Dharamsala, Nov 21 (IANS) Positioning itself to get tough with China, the Tibetan leadership in exile based here is all set to impose conditions on China for any future round of talks between the two sides.Tibetan sources who were part of the penultimate day of discussions at the six-day special meeting called by the Tibetan parliament in exile here at the behest of Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, told IANS that the conditions are likely to be spelt out in the final resolution of the meeting to be put out here Saturday.

But the conditions will not mean that the Tibetan side will suspend talks with China, Tibetan sources said.

The conditions on China will include release of all Tibetan political prisoners, including the Panchen Lama approved as reincarnation by the Dalai Lama, issue a joint statement (by Chinese side and the Tibetan envoys of the Dalai Lama) at the end of each round of talks, and to invite a third party to future talks as independent observors.

Another tough condition likely to be imposed by the Tibetans on the Chinese side is that the Dalai Lama’s envoys would not meet any Tibetan officials from inside Tibet. The Tibetan side will make it clear that they will meet and talk only to Chinese officials.

During the eighth round of talks in Beijing earlier November, the Chinese side had brought a senior Tibetan official from Tibet to participate in the talks.

The Chinese side claimed that he was a real representative of the Tibetans inside Tibet and the exiled leadership, including the Dalai Lama, was not the Tibetans’ true representative.

“We denounce the Chinese statement that the Dalai Lama does not represent the Tibetans inside Tibet. He is the only leader who represents all Tibetans and his word is final. He has the legitimate right to decide the future of Tibet,” Tibetan member of parliament Karma Yeshi told IANS here.

“We are not against the Tibetan leaders from inside Tibet, but we do not want any confrontation with them either. But we should be tough with the Chinese,” the young MP said.

The meeting resolution is also likely to put up suggestions that lobbying with the United Nations and other international bodies should be done more properly in future.

They also want to organise the Tibetan community all over the world in a better way to counter Chinese propaganda. The Tibetan side also wants to reach out to more Chinese inside China to counter any misinformation against the Tibetans spread by Chinese authorities.

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