Tibet: News in Focus Tibetan Envoy Calls for Common Ground on China-Tibet Talks ?

Tibetan Envoy Calls for Common Ground on China-Tibet Talks ?

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26november20103Dharamshala: His Holiness the Dalai Lama's special envoy, Lodi Gyaltsen Gyarion, has called for sincere talks with China.

Speaking on Wednesday (November 24) at the Institute of South Asian Studies, Singapore, Mr Lodi Gyaltsen remarked on the current status of ongoing dialogue between the two parties and said he does not see "any reason why we cannot find a common ground on the Tibetan issue if the Chinese leadership has the sincerity and the political will to move forward".

Below, we publish an edited transcript of Mr Lodi Gyaltsen's speech.

"Today, our talks with the Chinese leadership have reached a stage where, for the first time after decades of being in and out of contact, we have been able to convey to them in an unambiguous manner the position of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in seeking a solution within the framework of the People's Republic of China, and the steps that need to be taken to resolve the Tibetan problem.

"Although we are yet to see any concrete outcome leading to a solution, our talks have certainly enabled the two sides to have a better understanding of each other's position and concerns.

"In order to put our dialogue process with the Chinese leadership in context, I would like to explain its historical development. Broadly, we can categorize the dialogue process into three phases since the process began in 1979.

"We are convinced that this could be done without rewriting the history of Tibet. This is because, if we go on the path of rewriting the history of Tibet, it will then not only lead to complicating further some of the existing conflicts in China's relationship with others, but even give birth to new ones. Furthermore, the Chinese leadership needs to ponder whether it should make claims on the basis of some past imperial actions and should understand the international ramifications and repercussions if it continues to do so.

"Today's Chinese leaders are also talking about establishing a harmonious society. We certainly support this endeavor as we believe it will directly impact China's policies on the Tibetan people. However, it is clear that there cannot be a harmonious society without equality among nationalities.

"Tibetans, especially those who are inside Tibet, continue to face the stark reality of the absence of equality at every level. Prominent Tibetan leaders, including the Late Panchen Lama, have repeatedly voiced their concerns in this regard by saying that any talks about unity should be preceded by the presence of equality.

"His Holiness the Dalai Lama has a forward-looking approach and has shown his willingness to take any initiative necessary that is in the interest of the Tibetan people, that will encourage harmony and stability in the People's Republic of China, and that will promote peace in the region. His Holiness is committed to work with the Chinese Government so that the Tibetan people can maintain their distinctive identity, regain their pride and dignity and the stability and unity of the People's Republic of China are ensured."

Mr Lodi Gyaltsen thanked the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS) for providing this opportunity to share his thoughts on the status of discussions with the Chinese government in finding a political solution to the issue of Tibet and the possible way forward.

Click here for the full transcript of Mr Lodi Gyaltsen's speech.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 27 November 2010 08:58 )