In a press statement following the first meeting of the members of the Task Force on Negotiations since His Holiness the Dalai Lama devolved his political authorities to the elected Tibetan leadership, Kalon Tripa Dr Lobsang Sangay said he is pushing for earliest possible resumption of the dialogue process with the People’s Republic of China.
“I wish to reiterate my firm commitment in finding a mutually acceptable solution in the spirit of the Middle-Way Approach. I have therefore asked the two envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to make efforts to resume the dialogue at the earliest convenience,” Dr Sangay said.
The ninth and the last round of Sino-Tibet dialogue process, which began in 2002, was held in Beijing in January 2010. The dialogue process has failed to yield much result, with the envoys repeatedly stating that large differences still remained on “fundamental issues”.
The two envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Mr. Lodi G. Gyari and Mr. Kelsang Gyaltsen met separately with Dr Sangay on October 9 and presented a “comprehensive briefing on the status of the dialogue process”.
The following day, on October 10, India based members of the Task Force on Negotiations met, during which “the status and prospects of the dialogue was discussed in depth”.
Commenting on the string of self immolations, Dr Sangay said that “the ongoing tragic situation inside Tibet was also a major topic of discussion” during the meetings.
“The incidents are a clear indication of the genuine grievances of the Tibetans and their sense of deep resentment and despair over the prevailing conditions in Tibet,” said Dr Sangay.
“It is therefore of the utmost urgency that every possible effort be made to address the underlying root causes of Tibetan grievances and resentment.”
The Task Force was set up in 1999 to assist the Dalai Lama’s envoys in the dialogue process with the Chinese government. This was the 23rd meeting of the Task Force members.