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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

China, Dalai Lama representatives hold talks

May 6, 2008

Radio Australia
May 5, 2008 08:24:21

Talks between China and the Dalai Lama's envoys have not resulted in a breakthrough, but Xinhua news agency reports both sides have agreed to keep the door open for dialogue.

The one day closed door meeting in the southern Chinese city of Shenzen, the first between the two sides in over a year, comes in the wake of global pressure on China to reopen talks following seven weeks of deadly unrest in Tibet.

Xinhua reports Chinese officials held firm on Beijing's previously stated conditions for dialogue to succeed, positions that the Tibetan spiritual leader has already rejected.

Tibetan officials say the top priority for the Dalai Lama's envoys at the talks was to end the current wave of repression in Tibet.

Both sides agreed to hold another round of contact and consultation at an appropriate time.
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