July 1, 2005
Press statement released by the office of the Secretary of HH the Dalai Lama
Mr. Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari, accompanied by Mr. Kelsang Gyaltsen
and three senior assistants, began the first session of the fourth round of
thier talks with Chinese counterparts at the Embassy of the People's Republic
of China in Berne, Switzerland on June 30, 2005.
This is in continuation of the process started in September 2002. Mr. Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari is the Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Mr. Kelsang Gyaltsen is the Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Envoys received their final instructions from His Holiness the Dalai Lama on June 23, 2005. Kalon Tripa, Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, took part in the meeting.
His Holiness hopes the process will move forward to bring about substantive negotiations on the Tibet problem. The idea of periodic meetings at venues outside of China was discussed during the third session of talks in September 2004.