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A Chinese central government official said Monday the Dalai Lama side has failed to honor the promises they made in previous talks.

In the previous talks, the Dalai Lama's representatives did not seriously reflect on fundamental issues, said Sita, vice minister of the United Front Work Department of the Communist Party of China, noting "the political foundation of contacts and talks with them is that Tibet is an inalienable part of China.

"They did not keep their words as well, which ruined the atmosphere of the meeting," he said at a press conference.

In talks held in July, the Dalai Lama's representatives said they had no problems following the "four not-to-supports" put forward by the central authorities: not supporting activities that disturbed the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games; not supporting plots inciting violent criminal activities; not supporting and concretely curbing violent terrorist activities of the pro-secession "Tibetan Youth Congress"; not supporting any argument and activity seeking "Tibetan independence" and splitting the region from the country.

However, Sita said in the few days before and after the opening of the Olympics, the Dalai Lama supporters organized protests in front of about 40 Chinese embassies abroad, with more than 16,000 participants. They also hired foreigners to protest around Olympic venues.

From July 28, the "Tibetan Youth Congress" held several fasts in protest and on Aug. 7 it announced the beginning of the second phase of "Tibetan People's Uprising Movement".

In September, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao also faced security threats from supporters of "Tibet independence" when attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Sita said.

Zhu Weiqun, executive vice minister of the United Front Work Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, said he expected the Dalai Lama to move to continue the talks.

"He should truly give up his stance and activities to split the motherland, openly acknowledge that Tibet and Taiwan are inalienable parts of China and the People's Republic of China is the country's only legal government."

(Xinhua News Agency November 11, 2008)

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