Tibetan envoys resign

6th June 2012

China's lack of engagement in dialogue blamed

Two senior Tibetan envoys who have participated in negotiations with China have resigned, citing their frustration at China’s unwillingness to engage in the process.

Lodi Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen had led the talks since 2002. A statement released by the Tibetan government-in-Exile in Dharamsala said their joint resignation had been accepted.

Deteriorating situation in Tibet

The statement quoted the resignation letter as saying "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”.

The envoys also expressed disappointment at China’s rejection of plans for ‘genuine autonomy’.

Futile process

The talks between Tibetan and Chinese officials have often been highlighted by international governments as the best method to seek a solution to the Tibetan issue – despite no talks taking place since 2010.

These resignations highlight the futility of trying to engage with China. It is surely time for international governments to stop hiding behind this failed dialogue and break their silence on Tibet.