Wednesday, March 19, 2008

'Concern' At Brown Meeting Dalai Lama

Sky News, Wednesday March 19, 2008

A diplomatic row is brewing after the Chinese government said it was "seriously concerned" that Gordon Brown intends to meet the Dalai Lama in May.

The Prime Minister told MPs that he would meet the Tibetan spiritual leader, after speaking to the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.

Mr Brown said he had pressed his counterpart to end violence in Tibet, which has triggered a swift clampdown by Chinese authorities. "I made it absolutely clear that there had to be an end to violence in Tibet," Brown said in the House of Commons."I also called for restraint, and I called for an end to the violence by dialogue between the different parties."

The Prime Minister said Wen Jiabao indicated he was prepared to talk to Tibet's spiritual leader, provided certain conditions are met."The premier told me that, subject to two things that the Dalai Lama has already said - that he does not support the total independence of Tibet, and that he renounces violence - that he would be prepared to enter into dialogue with the Dalai Lama." Full Article Link

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