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European Lawmakers are Calling on China to Open Talks With Dalai Lama - 2003-11-13

European lawmakers are calling on China to open talks with Tibet's spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

The E-U forum on Tibet says it wants to immediately appoint an E-U special envoy to help facilitate an open dialogue between the two parties.

Speaking in Brussels, E-U spokesperson, Thomas Mann, said China's reputation would be enhanced dramatically if it showed a clear commitment to negotiate with the Tibetans.

An envoy to the Dalai Lama Kelsang Gyaltsen told European lawmakers that the E-U is in a good position to play a more effective role in resolving the issue peacefully.

The Dalai Lama says he is not planning to ask for independence.

He told a Japanese newspaper (last week) that he is seeking autonomy and China should implement the so-called "one country, two systems" framework it uses in Hong Kong and Macao to Tibet.