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Tibetan delegation to take up genuine autonomy issue with China: Tibetan PM

world Updated: Jan 27, 2010 20:44 IST
Gaurav Bisht
Gaurav Bisht
Hindustan Times
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Tibetan Prime Minister Samdhong Rinpoche hoped that the Dalai Lama’s envoys will be able to ‘convince’ China to reciprocate the demands of Tibetan people.

Rinpoche, who had briefed Tibetan delegation before it left for Bejing, while talking exclusively to Hindustan Times said the talks would revolve around the “Memorandum of Genuine Autonomy submitted to Chinese representatives last November."

Tibetan delegation will try to clarify their counterparts on the objections they (Chinese) raised on certain points mentioned in memorandum submitted to them,” said Rinpoche, who heads the Tibetan task force constituted to assist Sino-Tibetan dialogue.

“Demands raised in memorandum are within the constitution of Peoples Republic of China,” he added. It may be mentioned here that Chinese had "rejected Memorandum of Tibetan People” and termed it as the Dalai Lama’s demand for ‘covert’ independence.

Tibetan Prime Minister Samdhong Rinpoche, the second most powerful Tibetan leader next to the Dalai Lama, did not sound very optimistic about the outcome of talks, which resumed after a gap of 15-month.

“At least it is for sure that I don’t expect miracles,” said the monk Prime Minister, while he expressed happiness over resumption of the talks.

Dialogue process between to the two sides had come to a standstill after talks in last November. Rinpoche hinted that the Dalai Lama’s envoy would seek religious freedom for the Tibetan people and wants the Chinese government to work for raising the economy of the rural and far-flung areas of Tibetan regions.

While Tibetan accused China of repression in Tibetan Autonomous Region, Prime Minister Rinpoche parried question on alleged “anti-Tibetan” policies. He declined that repression in Tibet will surface during the talks.

“Tibetan delegation will not make any specific mention about the Chinese policies in Tibet, memorandum itself related to the rights of Tibetan people,” said Rinpoche.

Five member Tibetan delegation headed by Dalai Lama’s special envoy Lodhi Gyari and envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen on Wednesday met officials of United Front Works Department. Other three members include Buchung, Tsering Jigmey Passang and Tenzing P Atisha. Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, after coming into exile in 1959 after failed uprising in Lhasa, seeks genuine autonomy for Tibetan people.