Special Envoys Briefs Kalon Tripa about Talks in China བོད་སྐད།

Special Envoy Lodi Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen, delegation that visted China for talks, Thursday briefed the Chairman of the Tibetan Cabinet, in New Delhi about talks. As a special general meeting of the Tibetan people is being convened later this month at the suggestion of the Dalai Lama, Envoys have been advised not to make statements about discussions before this Special meeting.

A Chinese official who met this week with representatives of the Dalai Lama said the exiled spiritual leader must accept that any form of independence for Tibet is impossible, state media said Thursday.

Du Qinglin, head of the United Front Work Department said China would not allow Tibet the wide degree of autonomy it has granted its other territories, Hong Kong and Macau, under a ``one country, two systems'' formula.

The lack of progress in previous efforts to negotiate with Beijing had spurred the Dalai Lama to call the meeting, which could mark a significant shift in the Tibetan strategy for engaging Beijing.

``We will never allow someone to hold a banner of 'real nationality autonomy' and damage the national unity,'' he said.

The remarks appeared to confirm worries raised by the Dalai Lama on Monday during a visit to Japan, when he said he was unsure whether this week's talks between his envoys and Beijing over the fate of Tibet would produce any breakthroughs.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.