Canada Advocates Substantive China-Tibet Dialogue
Tuesday, 1 July 2008, 4:09 p.m.
Ottawa: Canada welcomed the latest meeting between the People’s Republic of China and representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
“I am encouraged by this latest round of dialogue, which paves the way
to resolving long-standing differences,” said David Emerson, Minister
of Foreign Affairs in a statement issued on 30 June.
“Canada has consistently advocated substantive dialogue between
the People’s Republic of China and the Dalai Lama, or his designated
“Given the recent developments in Tibet, Canada considers this
dialogue to be an important element in working toward a resolution of
outstanding issues and establishing a true and lasting peace in Tibet,”
noted the statement.
The envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama began the seventh
round of discussions with the Chinese leadership in Beijing on Tuesday
They are accompanied by senior assistants Sonam N. Dagpo,
Bhuchung K. Tsering, both members of Tibetan Task Force on Sino-Tibetan
Negotiations, and Jigmey Passang from the Secretariat of the Tibetan
On 4 May 2008, at the informal meeting between the envoys of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the representatives of the Chinese
leadership in Shenzhen, China, it was agreed to continue the dialogue
process started in 2002 and to hold the formal seventh round of
discussions at an early and mutually convenient date.