June 10, 2008

Tibet: EU and US Want Results

Sample ImageThe US and EU will today call on China to hold substantive and “results-oriented” talks with Tibet, according to AFP.

Below is an article published by AFP:

The United States and the European Union will call on China Tuesday [10 June 2008] to have "results-orientated" talks on Tibet with the Dalai Lama's representatives, according to a draft joint declaration obtained Monday [9 June 2008].

"We welcome China's recent decision to hold talks with the Dalai Lama's representatives. We encourage both parties to move forward with a substantive, constructive and results-orientated dialogue at an early stage," it said.

The declaration, a copy of which was obtained by AFP, was to be released after US President George W. Bush and European Union leaders hold an annual summit near Slovenia's capital Ljubljana.

"We are concerned about the recent unrest in Tibet and urge all sides to refrain from further violence," the declaration says.

Spurred by international pressure over seven weeks of […] unrest in Tibet, Chinese officials met the Dalai Lama's envoys in early May [2008] for a day of talks which led to an agreement to restart formal discussions that broke off last year.

A seventh round of long-running talks between China and Tibet scheduled for June 11 [2008] has been postponed as Beijing focuses on earthquake relief efforts, an aide to the Dalai Lama said last week.

"We are trying to work out fresh dates in June," said Tenzin Taklha, deputy secretary to the Tibetan spiritual leader, confirming discussions had earlier been set for next week.

"This was before the earthquake. A lot of efforts are now going towards that."

China has been battling to provide relief to victims of a massive earthquake in Sichuan province on May 12 [2008] that killed over 69,000 people and left millions homeless.

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The Tibetan government-in-exile says 203 Tibetans were killed and about 1,000 hurt in China's crackdown [following protests in Tibet in March 2008].