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Dalai Lama welcomes Obama's appeal to China to resume talks

india Updated: Nov 18, 2009 17:48 IST
US President Barack Obama

The Tibetan government-in- Exile on Wednesday welcomed US President Barack Obama's appeal to China to resume talks with representatives of the Dalai Lama for resolving the vexed Tibetan issue.

The Dalai Lama appreciates the US President's appeal to Chinese leaders to hold talks with him over the situation in Tibet, Chhime Chhoekyape, spokesman of the Tibetan spiritual leader at Dharamsala said reading out the Nobel laureate's comments.

The Tibetan temporal head, however, further said he realised that limits existed beyond which the US is not able to express itself on the Tibetan issue.

The 74-year-old world famous Buddhist monk is presently in Rome in connection with world parliamentarians conference on Tibet, Chhoekyape said.

Seven rounds of talks, the last one in July 2008, have taken place between China and representatives of Dalai Lama so far without yielding any result.

Tibetans are always open to talks with the hope that the other side will also be sincere, Chhoekyape told PTI.

Cabinet Secretary of Tibetan government-in-exile Migyur Dorje also welcomed Obama's support to early resumption of talks between Beijing and representatives of the Dalai Lama.

"It is a positive sign," he told PTI, adding that Tibetans always favoured settlement of the Tibet issue through negotiations.

Stating that China so far has not shown positive approach to solve the issue, he said resolution of the Tibet issue would be beneficial to them as well to China.