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02february2011022Dharamshala: Tibet's spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama's envoy Mr. Kelsang Gyaltsen on Wednesday (02 February) briefed the three official candidates for the post of Kalon Tripa (Tibetan prime minister) on the ongoing dialogue process with the Chinese leadership, said a report released by the Tibetan official media. This briefing was initiated by the Envoys in consultation with Kalon Tripa and with approval of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

In a three-hour briefing, the Envoy updated the three candidates, Kalon Trisur Tethong Tenzin Namgyal, Kasur Tashi Wangdi and Dr Lobsang Sangay on the status of the dialogue process. He began his briefing by recounting the genesis of the dialogue process between Dharamsala and Beijing in 1979 when China's paramount leader, Deng Xiaoping, stated that except for the issue of Tibetan independence, everything else could be discussed and resolved.

Envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen summarised the content of the discussions between the Tibetan team and the representatives of the Chinese government which comprises 623 pages of meeting minutes and 200 pages of written notes, clarifications and statements given by the Tibetan delegation to the Chinese side. Since 2002 Special Envoy Kasur Lodi Gyari led the Tibetan team in nine rounds of talks with the representatives of the Chinese government. The last meeting with the Chinese side was in January 2010.

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