Tibetan Leader Blames Dalai Lama as Talks with China Fail

July 5, 2006

Source: The Times


On July 5, 2006 The Times reported, "The leader of Tibet accused the Dalai Lama yesterday of disguising behind fine words his goal of independence for the Himalayan region. He said that talks between Beijing and envoys of the exiled god-king about his return had made no substantial progress. Champa Phuntsok, the chairman of the Tibetan Government, blamed the Dalai Lama for the lack of success in four rounds of private talks, including the most recent in February in southern China. At a rare press conference with foreign reporters in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital, he offered a grim assessment of the contacts, which began in 2002 and have taken place in secret. The highest-ranking ethnic Tibetan in the region’s government rounded on the Dalai Lama, calling him a threat to China’s unity and security and saying that he remained bent on achieving independence for the deeply Buddhist region despite his statements to the contrary... Mr Phuntsok said: 'So far we only have seen changes in the tactics of the Dalai Lama, only seen his goals to achieve independence in disguise.' He dismissed the Dalai Lama’s recent comments that he wanted to retire in Tibet and that he would not seek a political or religious position."