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President Obama will meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama: the senior envoy
The Tibet Post[Monday, September 28, 2009 03:47]

Dharamshala: The senior envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari said US president Barack Obama will meet His Holiness after Obama's return from China. The US delegation who visited Dharamshala recently officially relayed the invitation to His Holiness for a visit to the White House to talk about Tibet issues with Obama.

Lodi Gyari told Voice Of America (VOA) Tibetan service yesterday that His Holiness' delegation does not have any direct contact with the Chinese authorities these days. Keeping contact with the Chinese authorities is not our hobby, but is necessary for the improvement of the issues of the six million Tibetan people, he added. Keeping contact with the Chinese authorities is important and is not without results.

Last year the eighth round of China-Tibet talks was held during which His Holiness delegation provided the Chinese authorities with a memorandum with Tibetan governments suggestions for the improvement of Tibetan-Chinese relations but the Chinese authorities did not take it into consideration. The Chinese authorities said that they can not agree with all those conditions. Therefore, the Tibetan government could not continue the talks with the Chinese authorities, the Chinese are responsible for the failure of talks. The Chinese authorities did not accept His Holiness´ s suggestions and oppose His Holiness´ s opinion.

A few months ago His Holiness said that it is important to contact the Chinese authorities again and start a ninth round of China-Tibet talks. We are always ready to engage in China-Tibet talks and also hope the next round of talks.

Next month the president of United States, Barack Obama will go to China. It was asked by VOA if His Holiness the Dalai Lama has any message to Obama concerning the Tibet-China issue. The answer was that His Holiness message to the US president is the same as for anyone traveling to China, to request the Chinese authorities to continue China-Tibet talks. US government should send a clear signal for this issue earlier. We can not require him to talk about Tibet as the most important issue on his visit but we ask him to talk about Tibet among other topics covered during the visit.

The Chinese government and especially the Foreign Minister are aware that on a visit to China the US presidents´ agenda would possibly also contain Tibet issues. He also added that if we only ask the Chinese authorities to contact the Tibetan government, their answer would be that since 1979 they have contacted the Tibetan authorities for around 25 times.

VOA asked that as US-Chinese relations are getting better, are there any benefits for Tibetans in it. The reply was that if the situation between countries anywhere in the world gets better, the world will be a more peaceful place. After president Obamas delegations visit to Dharamsala His Holiness´ s Office declared that Chinese-US relations are very important.

The envoy Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari said that there is a mutual respect between His Holiness and president Obama. President Obama respects His Holiness´ s activities and when Obama became a president he promised improvements and change so we believe that he will keep his promises. So I think the relations with China will improve. The reason why Obama and His Holiness did not meet this time depends on many different circumstances.

Translated by Sangay and Evelin (The Tibet Post)
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