Tibet on negotiations with China at Dharamsala

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  • Updated: Jan 06, 2015 19:26 IST

A two-day meeting of the Tibetan Task Force for Sino-Tibetan negotiations concluded on Tuesday at McLeodganj- the headquarters of Tibetan government- in- exile.

The meeting was presided over by Sikyong (Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile) Lobsang Sangay.

"The meeting will review the prospects of dialogue process in the light of prevailing situation inside Tibet and China," said a post on the official website of the Tibetan government-in-exile (officially known as Central Tibetan Administration).

This was the 27th meeting of Tibetan Task Force meeting on negotiation, fifth since Sangay took over the office of the Tibetan PM.

Total 20 members, including five new members Lobsang Nyandak, executive director of Tibet Fund and former Kalon; secretary of department of information and international relations Tashi Phuntsok, Kunga Tashi, Chinese liaison officer at office of Tibet, New York, Phagpa Tsering, secretary of department of security and Sonam Tsering Frasi participated in the meeting who were inducted in the task force during previous meeting held on September 5, 2013.

The Task Force on Sino-Tibetan negotiation was constituted in 1999 to help recommend policy matters and strategies to find a peaceful and mutually acceptable negotiated resolution to the issue of Tibet.

Nine rounds of talks between representatives of the Nobel Peace laureate and ruling communist party officials between 2002 to 2010 stalled due to protests in Tibet and a subsequent crackdown by the Chinese government.

In May 2012, the two Envoys of the Dalai Lama, who had led nine rounds of talks with China since 2002, resigned citing the deteriorating situation inside Tibet and their "utter frustration" over the lack of positive response from China.

The exile- government has time and again reiterated that it will appoint new envoys as soon as it gets positive response and is ready for talks as and when China wants.

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