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us-asks-china-for-unconditional-talks-with-the-dalai-lama-pgDharamshala: - The United States has called on China to start "unconditional" talks with Spiritual leader of Tibet His Holiness the Dalai Lama and address the failed policies that have created tensions in Tibet.

"As we have long said, we are deeply concerned about the poor human rights situation in Tibetan areas of China," State Department Deputy Spokesperson, Marie Harf told reporters at a press briefing on Friday, 6 June, 2014.

"As we've long said, we are deeply concerned about the poor human rights situation in Tibetan areas of China. We have continued to urge the Chinese Government to engage in substantive dialogue with the Dalai Lama or his representatives without preconditions as a means to reduce tensions, obviously urge China to address policies that have created tensions in Tibetan areas and that threaten the Tibetan unique culture," Harf said.

"As envisioned in the Tibetan Policy Act of 2002, we continue (our) efforts to open a consulate in Lhasa, also continue to request the Chinese Government allow a consular officer to visit Tibet and ethnically Tibetan areas of China," Ms. Harf added.

"Having been to many capitals around the world and met many political leaders and influential people, I know that there are a lot of people are informed about the middle way approach, but they have certain misunderstandings and incorrect notions about the middle way approach. Hence, the Tibetan administration felt the need to introduce this campaign to create awareness in , particularly because the Chinese government deliberately mislead international leaders and the international community about the middle way approach, which brings into question our intentions," Sikyong said on Thursday as he launched a 'Middle Way Approach' campaign for genuine autonomy.

The recent news coming in from Tibet indicate that more restrictions are being posed during this holy month. Even after 50 years, the hardline policies imposed by the Chinese in Tibet have not worked, with numerous protests having taken place, including the recent cases of more than 130 self immolations, resulting in 112 deaths."

He also added, "I hope that the new Chinese leadership will realize their hard line policies are not working, and review the current policies and implement new policies in Tibet which are liberal in nature, in order to find a peaceful solution to the Tibet issue."

Response to the Tibetan campaign, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hong Lei Friday said, "the door to talks is always open, but China will only talk to the Dalai Lama's personal representatives and only about his personal future, not anything to do with Tibet."

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