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Tibetan Delegation Optimistic After Talks in China - 2003-06-11

The leader of a delegation from the Tibetan government-in-exile that held talks with officials in Beijing says the dialogue produced encouraging signs for improving relations.

In a written statement issued Wednesday, Tibetan envoy Lodi Gyari said both sides at the talks agreed on the need to continue the process. He said the Chinese side acknowledged efforts by the exiled Tibetan leadership to improve relations.

Mr. Gyari and three other delegates were in China for two weeks and returned to India on Sunday. They met Wednesday in New Delhi with Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who just returned from a European tour.

The envoy said many areas of disagreement still exist between the exiled Tibetan community and the government of China. But he said the Dalai Lama is encouraged by the progress made so far.