Dalai Lama envoys to meet China officials
Envoys for the Dalai Lama are expected to hold talks in China on Saturday with representatives of the Chinese leadership, a spokesman of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said, reported CNN.
"During this brief visit, the envoys will take up the urgent issue of the current crisis in the Tibetan areas," said Chhime Chhoekyapa, secretary to the Dalai Lama.
"They will convey His Holiness the Dalai Lama's deep concerns about the Chinese authorities' handling of the situation and also provide suggestions to bring peace to the region."
The meetings will be the first since since violence broke out in the Tibetan regions of China in March.
Special Envoy Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari and Envoy Kelsang Gyaltsen will represent the Dalai Lama at the talks.
China has periodically invited representatives of the Dalai Lama to meetings, but no meetings have taken place since last July.
Beijing has been under international pressure to re-open its dialogue with the Dalai Lama after recent violence in Tibet, an autonomous region of China.
The international torch relay ahead of the Olympics in Beijing this summer has been dogged along the way by protesters supporting the Free Tibet Movement.