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Bush to meet with dissidents on UN margins

September 24, 2008

NEW YORK Mon Sep 22, 2008 (AFP) - US President George W. Bush will meet
with critics of the governments of Russia, China, Venezuela, North
Korea, Myanmar and other countries in New York on Tuesday, the White
House has said.

Bush and First Lady Laura Bush will "host a lunch for political
dissidents where they will discuss how to advance the freedom agenda and
the protection of the rights and dignities of all people," said
spokeswoman Emily Lawrimore Monday.

They include chess legend turned Kremlin critic Garry Kasparov; Lodi
Gyari, special envoy of the Dalai Lama; Myanmar monk U Kovida; Cuban
journalist Omar Pernet Hernandez; and Sang Hak Park, president of
"Fighters for Free North Korea," Lawrimore said in a statement.

Other guests include Gameela Ismail, wife of Egyptian opposition leader
Ayman Nour; Belarus opposition leader Alexander Kozulin; former Soviet
dissident Natan Sharansky; and Sierra Leone Foreign Minister Zainab Hawa
Bangura.

The list also includes Vytautas Landsbergis, a member of the European
Parliament from Lithuania; Radio Caracas Television chief Marcel Granier
of Venezuela; Ausama Monajed for the Movement for Justice and
Development in Syria; and founder of the outlawed China Democracy Party
Xu Wenli.
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