July 3, 2008

Chinese Party Official Meets Dalai Lama’s Representatives

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency)

BEIJING, July 3 (Xinhua) - Du Qinglin, head of the United Front Work Department of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Committee, met with private representatives of the 14th Dalai Lama in Beijing recently, the department said Thursday.

Du, also vice-chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), told the two representatives Lodi Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen at the meeting that the central government's policy towards the Dalai Lama is consistent and explicit and the door of dialogue is always open, according to a statement issued by the department.

The Dalai Lama should openly and explicitly promise and prove it in his action not to support activity to disturb the Beijing Olympic Games, not to support plot to fan violent criminal activities, not to support and concretely curb the violent terrorist activities of the "Tibetan Youth Congress"" and not to support any argument and activity to seek "Tibet independence" and split the region from the country, he said.

Originally published by Xinhua news agency, Beijing, in English 0819 3 Jul 08.

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