Ottawa - Canada welcomed the latest meeting between the People's Republic of China and representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
"I am encouraged by this latest round of dialogue, which paves the way to resolving long-standing differences," said David Emerson, Minister of Foreign Affairs in a statement issued on 30 June.
"Canada has consistently advocated substantive dialogue between the People's Republic of China and the Dalai Lama, or his designated representatives. Given the recent developments in Tibet, Canada considers this dialogue to be an important element in working toward a resolution of outstanding issues and establishing a true and lasting peace in Tibet," noted the statement.
The envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama began the seventh round of discussions with the Chinese leadership in Beijing on Tuesday morning.
They are accompanied by senior assistants Sonam N. Dagpo, Bhuchung K. Tsering, both members of Tibetan Task Force on Sino-Tibetan Negotiations, and Jigmey Passang from the Secretariat of the Tibetan Task Force.
On 4 May 2008, at the informal meeting between the envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the representatives of the Chinese leadership in Shenzhen, China, it was agreed to continue the dialogue process started in 2002 and to hold the formal seventh round of discussions at an early and mutually convenient date.