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China wishes more Dalai Lama talks

May 8, 2008

PRESS TV - Tehran, Iran
May 7, 2008 01:41:06

China has expressed hope for further talks with the Tibetan exiled spiritual leader, saying the current talks are just a beginning.

"I want to stress that this current contact is only a beginning," China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said on Tuesday.

He also underlined the fact that "the central government's contact with the Dalai Lama is sincere as long as the Dalai's side exerts sincerity in its actions."

Qin also urged the Dalai Lama to abandon his quest for Tibetan independence and stop organizing unrest ahead of the Olympic Games.

"We hope the Dalai Lama will mean his words and really stop separatist activities, stop provoking violent activities, and stop disrupting the Beijing Olympics, so as to create conditions for further contact," Qin said.

On Sunday, two of the Dalai Lama's envoys met Chinese officials, the first since an eruption of Tibetan protests two months ago, to find ways to stop violence in the region.

The Dalai Lama's envoys gave a positive assessment of the talks on Tuesday, as they stopped in Hong Kong on their way back to India where the Dalai Lama is taking refuge.
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