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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Clegg: Brown should object to torch parade in Tibet

April 11, 2008
Thursday, 10 Apr 2008

Gordon Brown's decision not to attend the Beijing Olympics opening
ceremony is not enough for Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, who has

for the prime minister to object to China's plan to take the Olympic
torch to Tibet.

"He should now follow his decision not to attend the opening ceremony by
insisting that the Chinese quickly enter into negotiations with the Dalai

Lama and abandon the needlessly provocative plan to parade the torch
through Tibet," he said.

Mr Clegg criticised the prime minister for doing "the right thing under
pressure, rather than out of conviction".

"From his reluctance to bring up human rights during his recent visit to
China, to his last minute agreement to meet the Dalai Lama, the prime

minister has failed to show real leadership on this vital issue," he said.

The Liberal Democrat leader wrote to Gordon Brown over the weekend,
urging him to pull out of the opening ceremony in the light of China's

rights record.
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