British PM and Dalai Lama Talks Called Constructive

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has held what his office called warm and constructive talks with Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

A statement issued after the half-hour meeting said Mr. Brown pledged to work for reconciliation between China and the people of Tibet.

The location of the meeting, London's Lambeth Palace, the official residence if the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, had been a focus of controversy. Critics called the choice an effort by Mr. Brown to appease Beijing, which opposes the Dalai Lama's meetings with any foreign government official. But the Dalai Lama earlier this week downplayed those concerns and ignored the fact that earlier British leaders had met him at 10 Downing Street, the prime minister's official residence.

The Tibetan leader Thursday told British lawmakers their country is not doing enough to support Tibetans who face "cultural genocide" at the hands of the Chinese.

But in earlier comments he rejected calls for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP