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Dalai Lama's Envoys Depart for Meeting in China


Envoys of Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, are on their way to China for talks aimed at ending the crisis in Tibet.

In a statement Friday, the Dalai Lama's office says special envoy Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari and Envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen will arrive in China on Saturday for "informal talks with representatives of the Chinese leadership."

The meeting will be the first official contact between representatives of the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government since peaceful protests turned violent in Tibet in March and spread to other Tibetan regions in China.

China blames the Nobel Peace Prize laureate for inciting violence in Tibet and trying to sabotage the Olympics.

The Dalai Lama says he is opposed to violence, and that he does not want to disrupt the Olympics.

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