July 17, 2008

Tibet: Envoy Sees No Purpose in More Talks With China

Sample ImageAfter days of dialogue, Tibet-Beijing talks conclude with little progress.

Below is an article published by Bloomberg :

An envoy to the Dalai Lama said Tibetans see no purpose in holding further talks with China because the government in Beijing lacks seriousness, Agence France-Presse reported.

“We do not see any useful purpose in continuing the dialogue,'' AFP cited envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen as telling reporters while visiting the European Parliament in Brussels on [16 July 2008]. “There is obviously a lack of political will from the Chinese leadership to seriously address the issue of Tibet.''

The Chinese took the view it is unrealistic to think that a 50-year-old issue can be resolved in a few years of meetings, the news agency reported. The two sides are due to meet again in October [2008], AFP said.

During two days of talks that ending July 2 [2008], envoys told Chinese officials the Dalai Lama wasn't seeking independence for Tibet. The spiritual leader fled to India after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959. Tibet has a population of 6 million people and more than 120,000 Tibetans live abroad, according to the government-in-exile.

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