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I will be 'honoured' to meet Dalai Lama: Polish PM

December 1, 2008

November 29, 2008

Dharamsala Nov.29 -- Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said he would
be "honoured" to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the latter's
visit to Poland next weekend.

"If the opportunity presents itself, I would be most honoured to meet
the Dalai Lama," Tusk told reporters. "The situation in Tibet
constitutes, from a European point of view, a major obstacle to
normal relations with China," he added.

His Holiness, along with several other past Nobel Prize winners, will
attend a ceremony in northern Gdansk to mark 25 years since
Solidarity icon and former Polish President Lech Walesa won the Nobel
peace prize.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is scheduled to meet His Holiness at
this ceremony on December 6. China earlier called off an EU-China
Summit planned for Dec 1 in Lyon, France, which holds the rotating EU
presidency. China accused France of "depriving the EU-China summit
the required good atmosphere and made it impossible for it to obtain
the anticipated result".

Walesa, who founded Poland's anti-communist Solidarity movement and
in whose honor the ceremony at Gdansk is organized, said Friday, "I
warn China: do not act this way because you are headed for
confrontation with the entire world."

"The world will not agree to your choosing someone his friends or
guests. I, Lech Walesa, do not agree to your choosing my friends or

Meanwhile, analysts in China warn that Sarkozy's meeting with Dalai
Lama may worsen relations between China and France, and even threaten
bilateral business ties. "The French side has 'underestimated'
China's resolution to protect its sovereignty," Feng Zhongping,
European studies director at the China Institute of Contemporary
International Relations, was quoted by China Daily as saying.

The French ambassador to China, Herve Ladsous, said on Friday at a
press conference, "President Sarkozy will meet the Dalai Lama as a
religious leader, not as a political leader".

His Holiness is also due to visit the Czech Republic and Belgium,
where he is scheduled to address the European Parliament in Brussels
on Thursday.
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