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Tibet: talks to be held again

May 6, 2008

Lhasa riots gave rise to new obstacles for resuming contacts: China
The Hindu
May 5, 2008

SHENZHEN (China) – Chinese Central government officials and the private representatives of the Dalai Lama who met here on Sunday agreed to hold another round of talks at an appropriate time.

The meeting, arranged at the repeated requests of the Dalai Lama’s side for resuming talks, was held between government officials Zhu Weiqun and Sitar and the Dalai Lama’s two private representatives Lodi Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen.

The representatives, who arrived in this southern China city on Saturday, expressed their views on relevant matters and said they would report truthfully what had been discussed at the meeting to the Dalai Lama, sources told Xinhua.

Mr. Zhu and Mr. Sitar answered patiently the questions raised by the two representatives and exchanged views with them on future contacts and consultations.

“The two sides agreed another round of contact would be held at an appropriate time,” the sources said.

During the meeting, Mr. Zhu and Mr. Sitar pointed out that the riots in Lhasa on March 14 had given rise to new obstacles for resuming contacts and consultations with the Dalai Lama’s side. However, the Central government still arranged this meeting with great patience and sincerity, they said.

Earlier in the day, President Hu Jintao said in Beijing he hoped the Shenzhen meeting could yield “positive results … Our policy toward the Dalai Lama is clear and consistent, and the door for dialogue remains open,” he told journalists. ­ Xinhua
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