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BEIJING 2008: Exiled Government Says Dalai Lama May Go

June 13, 2008

AGI News (Italy)
June 11, 2008

Rome, June 11 - The president of the exiled Tibetan parliament, Karma
Chopel, does not rule out the presence of the Dalai Lama at the
Beijing Olympic Games.

It is a "remote" possibility but it is possible. In an exclusive
interview with the weekly magazine 'Panorama', he also underlined
that despite the Chinese repression of the March revolts, "the
movement against the occupation is still alive and well".

Chopel also talked of the meetings between the Dalai Lama's
emissaries and the Chinese government. "At the end of June a formal
summit may be arranged. It is a dialogue process, which started in
2002 and has not yet stopped despite the repression of recent
months," he emphasised. And he added that should the talks have
positive results, "His Holiness" may consider the possibility of
attending the Olympic Games in Beijing in August. The information
regarding the start date of these talks indirectly confirms the
indiscretion of a Norwegian newspaper which in the last few days
wrote of a secret mediation led by the Oslo government. On the
troubled relay of the Olympic torch, Chopel stated that the Tibet leg
was not postponed because of the earthquake in the Chinese Sichuan
province but because of Beijing's desire to distract the world's
attention away from the Tibetan cause. "Tibet", he explained from his
exile in the Indian town of Dharamsala, "has been transformed by the
Chinese into an open-air prison. The streets are under the complete
control of the police and the army. Tough restrictions have been
introduced against the movement of people, even within the same
residential areas".
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