Asean welcomes talks between China and Dalai Lama’s envoys

May 7th, 2008 - 10:46 pm ICT by admin  

Singapore, May 7 (DPA) Senior officials from the Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) welcomed the Chinese government’s talks with envoys of the Dalai Lama and expressed confidence that the Beijing Olympics will be a success, Asean chair Singapore said Wednesday. The Asean were briefed on recent development in Tibet by the Chinese assistant minister of foreign affairs during a senior officials meeting in the city-state.

“They welcomed the restoration of normalcy and the latest move of the Chinese government to have contact and consultation with the private representative of the Dalai Lama,” the singapore’s foreign ministry said in a statement.

A closed-door meeting was held Sunday in southern China’s of Shenzhen city, breaking a deadlock after riots in Tibet triggered international protests over Chinese rule of the territory and the government’s handling of demonstrations that started in Lhasa on March 10.

“Linking the Tibetan issue with the Beijing Olympics will serve no purpose other than to politicize the games,” the ministry said.

Singapore is currently the Asean chairman, a position that is rotated each year.

“It is in the interest of the region that a long-term solution be found that addresses the concerns of the Tibetan people while respecting China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the statement noted.

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