China meeting his envoy welcome news for Dalai Lama (Lead)

April 25th, 2008 - 9:27 pm ICT by admin  

New York, April 25 (IANS) Reiterating that he was for “meaningful autonomy” and not independence for Tibet, the Dalai Lama said he would welcome China’s offer to meet his representatives in the wake of international pressure that followed anti-Beijing riots in the ‘roof the world’. In a statement issued Thursday from New York, the Dalai Lama said he supported talks. .

“The best way forward is to resolve the issues between the Tibetans and the Chinese leadership through dialogue, as I have been advocating for a long time,” he was quoted as saying by The Wall Street Journal Friday.

“I have repeatedly assured the leadership of the People’s Republic of China that I am not seeking independence. What I am seeking is a meaningful autonomy for the Tibetan people that would ensure the long-term survival of our Buddhist culture, our language and our distinct identity as a people,” the spiritual leader of the 600,000 Tibetans added.

China’s state-run Xinhua news agency, quoting an unnamed official, reported Friday that “in view of the requests repeatedly made by the Dalai side for resuming talks, the relevant department of the central government will have contact and consultation with Dalai’s private representative in the coming days.”

China has been under intense international pressure-including from the US and India to resume dialogue with the the Dalai Lama.

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