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Tibet-Task-Force-2013Dharamshala: - A three-day meeting of the members of Task Force on Negotiations (TFN), presided over by Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, the political leader of Tibetan people concluded in Dharamshala, on 7 September.

Mr Thubten Samphel, member of Task Force, has briefed reporters during a press conference, which was held on Saturday at the headquarters of the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamshala, India.

"The Task Force on Sino-Tibetan negotiations concluded its 26th session on September 7, 2013 after reviewing the developments in Tibet and China. "It discussed the overall grave situation in Tibet, including the self-immolations," the TFN said in a press statement.

"While the continuing repressive measures in the Tibetan areas have been counterproductive to China's desire for unity and stability, the Task Force also analyzed substantive discourse in China– on ethnic issues in general and Tibet in particular — as well as some recent mixed signals," the statement reads.

"Clear strategies were discussed on the way forward for the peaceful resolution of the Tibetan issue through dialogue between envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and representatives of the new Chinese leadership," it said.

The Task Force stated that it "constituted to recommend policy matters and strategies, was expanded in this session with six new members, including the former Kalon Tripa, Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, and China analysts."

Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay the elected political leader of the Tibetans once again "reiterated its firm commitment to the middle-way approach" advocated by His Holiness The Dalai Lama.

The Task Force on Sino-Tibetan Negotiation was constituted to help recommend policy matters and strategies to find a peaceful and mutually acceptable negotiated resolution to the issue of Tibet.

The next meeting of TFN will be convened early next year. This is the 26th meeting since its inception in 1999.

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