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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."

Canada Welcomes New China-Dalai Lama Talks

January 26, 2010

Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
No. 42 - January 25, 2010

The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of
Foreign Affairs, today issued the following
statement welcoming the first meeting in 15
months between representatives of the Chinese government and of the Dalai Lama:

"Canada has consistently advocated substantive
dialogue between China and the Dalai Lama or his
representatives. I urge the two sides to approach
this new round of talks with a commitment to
serious and meaningful dialogue aimed at
resolving outstanding issues in a manner acceptable to both.

"The Government of Canada attaches a great deal
of importance to the treatment of ethnic Tibetans
in China, and to their ability to exercise their
rights to freedom of expression, association,
spiritual belief and peaceful protest."

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