Rice Urges China Talks with Dalai Lama

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice tells reporters that she has apologized to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., for an incident in which State Department contractors unnecessarily reviewed his passport file, Friday, March 21, 2008, at the State Department in Washington, during a meeting with Brazil's Defense Minister Nelson Jobim. Rice said she would be "disturbed" if her passport file was viewed in such an unauthorized manner. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Washington (AP) Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is urging
China to consider a different Tibet policy and to start talks with the Dalai Lama.

Rice says a dialogue with the exiled tibetan spiritual leader is needed to solve Tibetans' grievances. She calls the Dalai Lama a person of authoritative moral stature for people around the world.

China demonizes him as an agitator for Tibetan independence.

India's foreign minister says exiled Tibetans can carry on their religious activities in India. But he warns that India will not allow political activities to disturb its relations with other countries.

He and rice spoke to reporters today.

Demonstrations against chinese rule turned violent march 14th in the tibetan capital of Lhasa.