Resolution of Tibet Issue Should Be Through Dialogue: Sangay

The solution to the Tibet conflict should be based on dialogue and non-violence, Tibetan PM-in-Exile Lobsang Sangay has said.

"The Tibetan leadership remains firmly committed to non- violence and the middle-way approach, and strongly believes that the only way to resolve the issue of Tibet is through dialogue. Substance being primary and process secondary, we are ready to engage in meaningful dialogue anywhere and at anytime," Sangay said during a two-day meeting of the Tibetan Task Force.

The meeting, which started yesterday, discussed the urgent need for peaceful resolution of the conflict and reviewed the current situation in Tibet, including the spate of self-immolations.

It appealed to Tibetans against undertaking drastic actions like self-immolation.

Implications of the change in Chinese leadership were also considered.

"Substantive assessments were made by the participants on the genesis of the Tibetan dialogue process, its future prospects and challenges, based on the situation in Tibet, China and in the international community," Sangay said.

The Task Force expressed various constructive opinions to continue the dialogue. The procedure for appointment of envoys of the Dalai Lama was discussed as well.

They welcomed statements by the United Nations and governments of various countries expressing concern on the situation in Tibet.

The Task Force will be reconstituted with additional new members and a meeting will again be convened later this year.

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