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Dalai Lama disappointed by China's cancellation of EU summit

December 2, 2008

Czech Happenings, Czech Republic
December 1, 2008
 
Prague - The Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama thinks that the adjournment of the China-EU summit was not a correct decision, it ensues from his statement at a press conference in Prague today.
 
The summit was to be held in Lyon, France, today. China requested that it be adjourned indefinitely over the Dalai Lama´s planned meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
 
The Dalai Lama, 73, Nobel Peace Prize winner, said he thinks that it is always better to meet and discuss things even in spite of disagreement and different opinions.
 
He said Chinese media describe him as a demon and wolf, in reply to a question whether the Chinese reaction can be perceived as a tightening of China´s foreign policy.
 
The Dalai Lama also spoke about mounting restrictions in Tibet. He said Beijing is trying to prevent his possible political influence.
 
The Dalai Lama said, however, his trips usually have a spiritual character and are non-political.
 
Only in Washington and Brussels a political agenda is on the programme of his visits, he said.
 
The planned meeting with Sarkozy is to take place in Gdansk, Poland, on December 6 on the 25th anniversary of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to former Polish president Lech Walesa.
 
The Dalai Lama said Walesa is a guarantee of stability and democracy like former Czech president Vaclav Havel. He said his relations with Havel are like relations with a beloved brother.
 
The Dalai Lama said the meeting with Sarkozy will be held at the right moment for starting negotiations on Tibet.
 
He arrived in Prague at the invitation of Havel and Foundation Forum 2000.
 
The Dalai Lama was to be a guest to this year´s Forum 2000 conference in Prague which he regularly attends, but he cancelled his participation at his doctors´ recommendation.
 
He was in Prague previously in 2006.
 
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