The rhetoric from China seemed less encouraging, however.
The Associated Press reported that China criticized the Dalai Lama, whom it has long accused of wanting Tibetan independence, even as talks got under way.
"[State news agency] Xinhua quoted Chinese experts on Tibet as saying the Tibetan Youth Congress, an exile group, was the "armed spearhead of the 14th Dalai Lama group" dedicated to separating Tibet from China.
It quoted a researcher from the Beijing-based China Tibetology Research Center as saying the Tibetan Youth Congress was behind the March 14 riots.
"We hope the 14th Dalai Lama could truly give up 'Tibet independence,' stop secessionist activities, stop instigating violence, stop disrupting the Beijing Olympics, effectively prevent TYC's violence and denounce its terrorist acts," Xinhua quoted Liu Hongji as saying.