GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Two representatives of the Dalai Lama who have been holding a series of talks with the Chinese government since 2002 have resigned, effectively ending talks between the two groups. The resignations of Lodi G Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen 3 June 2012 were announced by the Tibetan government-in-exile in India. The pair had held nine sets of talks with the Chinese government between 2002 and 2010 and quit in frustration over Beijing’s refusal to give Tibet increased autonomy.
Their last meeting was in January 2010.
Their resignation letter states that: “Given the deteriorating situation inside Tibet since 2008 leading to the increasing cases of self-immolations by Tibetans, we are compelled to submit our resignations. Furthermore, the United Front did not respond positively to the Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan People presented in 2008 and its Note in 2010. One of the key Chinese interlocutors in the dialogue process even advocated abrogation of minority status as stipulated in the Chinese constitution thereby seeming to remove the basis of autonomy. At this particular time, it is difficult to have substantive dialogue.”
Immolation by monks in Tibet in recent months have sparked a new round of complaints from China about government top ministers and leaders from other countries meeting with the Dalai Lama.