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Exiled Tibet government says sovereignty not an issue

Exiled Tibet government says sovereignty not an issue
AFP
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First Published: Mon, Feb 01 2010. 02 54 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Feb 01 2010. 02 54 PM IST
Dharamshala: The Tibetan government-in-exile argued Monday that Chinese objections to sovereignty for Tibet were misplaced, as it was seeking autonomy, not independence, for the Himalayan region.
“We are not wishing to have Tibet as a sovereign state,” Tibetan administration spokesman Thubten Samphel said.
His remarks came after Beijing announced it had made no concessions on Tibetan sovereignty during talks with envoys of the Dalai Lama in China — the first such negotiations in more than a year.
“(China’s) national interests are inviolable and there is no room for discussion on the issues of national and territorial sovereignty,” said a government statement on the talks, quoted by the official Xinhua news agency.
But Samphel said the exiled government had never sought any concessions on the issue, arguing instead for a high level of autonomy for the region.
“We have made it clear to them that Tibet should enjoy autonomy and this was conveyed to the Chinese side,” he said.
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First Published: Mon, Feb 01 2010. 02 54 PM IST
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