1959-1979: Dalai Lama has no contact with Beijing. 1979-1980: He sends three fact-finding delegations to Tibet. February 1983: Dalai Lama expresses a desire to visit Tibet. There is little progress. He begins to speak out internationally on the issue. September 21, 1987, in an address to US Congress Human Rights Caucus, he proposes: 'Transformation of the whole of Tibet into a zone of peace ... Commencement of earnest negotiations on the future status of Tibet and of relations between the Tibetan and Chinese peoples.' June 15, 1988, in a 'Five-Point Peace Plan' submitted to the European Parliament: 'The whole of Tibet known as Cholka-Sum [including Qinghai and sections of Sichuan , Yunnan and Gansu provinces] should become a self-governing democratic political entity ... The PRC could remain responsible for Tibet's foreign policy. The government of Tibet should, however, develop and maintain relations, through its own Foreign Affairs Bureau, in the fields of religion, commerce, education, culture, tourism, science, sports and other non-political activities ... the government of Tibet will have the right to decide on all affairs relating to Tibet and the Tibetans.' June 1993, in a letter to Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin : 'If China wants Tibet to stay with China, then it must create the necessary conditions for this.' October 23, 1996, in a speech to the European Parliament: 'I am striving for a genuine self-government for Tibet.' March 10, 1999, the 40th anniversary of 1959 uprising: 'The root of the Tibetan issue lies in Tibet's long, separate history, distinct and ancient culture and unique identity ... A just and fair solution on the Tibet issue will enable me to give full assurance that I will use my moral authority to persuade Tibetans not to seek separation.' July 2000, in Time magazine: 'We don't want complete independence. Beijing can manage the economy and foreign policy, but genuine Tibetan self-rule is the best way to preserve our culture.' October 2004, in Time interview: 'So if we remain in China, we might get a greater benefit, provided it respects our culture and beautiful environment and gives us some kind of guarantee.' December 2004, in Newsweek: 'Time is running out. We need some sort of action to protect the Tibetan culture and environment. For the foreseeable future our only possibility is within the Chinese constitutional framework ... Many Tibetans - particularly the younger generation - want to modernise Tibet. It would be difficult for Tibetans to achieve this alone. Within the PRC, it would be much faster.' January 26, 2005, speaking to Laurence Brahm: 'We are willing to be part of the People's Republic of China, to have the PRC govern and guarantee to preserve our Tibetan culture, spirituality, and environment.'