fredag 2. november 2018

Lodi Gyari, Top Envoy for the Dalai Lama, Dies at 69

Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari, who as a top envoy for the Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, helped promote their homeland’s cause abroad and negotiated unsuccessfully for decades with Chinese officials, died on Monday in San Francisco. He was 69. The cause was liver cancer, according to the International Campaign for Tibet, a Washington-based advocacy group he once led.

Mr. Gyari was the lead negotiator in nine rounds of talks with Chinese officials over the status of Tibet, the vast region that the People’s Liberation Army invaded in 1951, and which the Dalai Lama fled for India eight years later. During the talks, which began in 2002, Mr. Gyari and his team extended a proposal from the Dalai Lama that Tibet and traditionally Tibetan areas of nearby provinces be given autonomy under Chinese rule.