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Sixth round of China-Tibet dialogue to start

June 28, 2007

(Montreal, Thursday, 28 June 2007) – The sixth round of dialogue between Envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Government of China will start in the coming days, according to a statement issued by the Tibet Government-in-Exile and released today by the Canada Tibet Committee.

Mr. Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari and Mr. Kelsang Gyaltsen along with two senior assistants are leaving for China on Friday (29 June). Mr. Gyari is the Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Mr. Kelsang Gyaltsen is the Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Envoys received their final instructions from His Holiness during their audience on June 26, 2007. Kalon Tripa, Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, also took part in the meeting.

The first round of talks between the Envoys and Chinese officials was in 2002, with the most recent round taking place in February, 2006. This round of talks falls on the heels of a February motion passed unanimously by Canadian MPs in support of the dialogue.

The dialogue is based on the Dalai Lama’s “Middle Path” approach and relies on continued discussions with China to initiate a substantive negotiation process. The “Middle Path” approach calls for genuine autonomy for the six million Tibetans living in Tibetan regions of China to preserve their distinctive religious, cultural and linguistic identity, but not for the restoration of Tibet’s status as a fully independent state.

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Contact: Montreal – Dermod Travis, Canada Tibet Committee, Tel: 514.487.0665
Delhi – Kalon Tempa Tsering, Tel: 011 264 74798
Dharamsala – Dr. Nawang Rabgyal, Additional Secretary, DIIR, Tel: 01892 222510 and 222457

Note to editors:

1. A transcript of Lodi Gyari’s briefing, ‘The Current State of Discussions between the Dalai Lama and the Government of the People's Republic of China’ is available for downloading at the website of the Brookings Institution at http://www.brook.edu/fp/china/events/20061114.pdf.

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