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Dalai's envoys return from China

india Updated: Feb 02, 2010 15:20 IST
Gaurav Bisht
Gaurav Bisht
Hindustan Times
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Envoys of Tibet's exiled leader the Dalai Lama returned from China on Monday after holding ninth round of talks with the country's representatives to find a solution to the Tibetan issue.

China is believed to have rejected the Tibetan proposal for greater autonomy for the region like Kong Kong and Macau.

The delegation held talks with senior officials of the United Works Front Department in Beijing and held discussions with communist leaders. The representatives also toured Hunan province in China.

“Right now we are not commenting anything about the talks,” said Lodhi Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen, the two envoys of Dalai Lama's holding talks with China since 2002. “We have waited for 50 years to seek an outcome on Tibet. The media should wait for at least next few hours to get our response,” Lodhi Gyari told a group of select mediapersons at Kangra airport.

Three other Tibetan members of the delegation, senior assistants Tenzin P. Atisha, Bhuchung K. Tsering, and Jigmey Passang, distanced themselves from the media. The envoys drove to the Tibetan secretariat to meet Samdhong Rinpoche, Prime Minister of Tibetan government-in-exile who heads the Tibetan task force constituted to assist Sino-Tibetan dialogue.

The envoys had taken guidance from the task force before they left for China last week. Gyari and Gyaltsen will meet the Dalai Lama on Tuesday, Tenzin Taklha, the Dalai Lama's private secretary told HT.

The two envoys are expected to hold a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon. Tibetan delegation had submitted a memorandum on genuine autonomy for Tibetan people.

Dalai Lama's envoys had proposed more autonomy for China-controlled Tibet, and a status similar to the one granted to Macau and Hong Kong, which was outrightly rejected by China.