‘Solution to Tibet Lies in Negotiating Autonomy’
by Staff Reporter
(Times of India | December 14, 2001)
Maj Gen (Retd) Eustace D'Souza, Prof GP Deshpande and Lhasang Tsering
The solution to the ongoing vexed Tibetan issue lies in negotiating
an autonomy status of for the Himalayan region, according to renowned
academician and political playwright GP Deshpande.
He said that the days when a military solution to the issue was
possible were over. Addressing a symposium on 'The Himalayan
Triangle,' organised by Friends of Tibet (INDIA), in the city on
Tuesday, he said 'there could neither political handling of the
issue nor could diplomatic pressure work now.'
The issue could now perhaps be resolved if the Tibetan leader,
the Dalai Lama and Tibetan representatives, sit across the table
with the Chinese authorities and discuss the issue of autonomy
to the Himalayan state, Mr Deshpande, an expert on China affairs
and professor of contemporary China at the Centre for East Asian
Viewing the imbroglio from a Chinese viewpoint, Mr Deshpande said
that China's clear-cut assumption that 'Tibet is an inalienable part
of China and was not open to negotiations to any third party.
For China, the issue is no longer a triangular one, but a bilateral one'.