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Denmark and Canada Call for Constructive and Meaningful Negotiations on Tibet

January 28, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
January 27, 2010

Dharamshala -- The Governments of Denmark and
Canada have joined the US and UK in welcoming the
resumption of talks between the envoys of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama and the representatives of the Chinese government.

"I am very satisfied that the negotiations
between representatives of the Dalai Lama and
China have now been resumed after a 15 months
break. I therefore again call on both parties to
engage themselves constructively in the
negotiations and hope that the dialogue will be
carried through to a result which ensures that
Tibetans attain genuine self-rule, with cultural
and religious freedom and respect for human
rights within the framework of the Chinese
constitution," Danish Foreign Minister Per Stig Møller said.

"Dialogue is the only way forward to a peaceful
solution to the question of Tibet," he added.

Canada's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday
issued a statement welcoming the first meeting in
15 months between representatives of the Chinese
government and His Holiness 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," Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon said.

"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," he added.
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