Tuesday, April 8, 2008

European Parliament may call for boycott

The European Parliament is expected to call on Wednesday for a boycott by EU leaders of the opening ceremony at the Beijing Olympics, unless China engages in talks with the Dalai Lama over the violence in Tibet.

The main political groups within the EU assembly met on Monday to agree a cross-party resolution outlining how they believe the 27-member bloc should respond to last month's anti-Chinese protests in the Himalayan province.

The resolution, to be voted upon on Wednesday and obtained by Reuters, says:
"The European Parliament calls on the EU presidency in office to strive to find a common EU position with regard to attendance at the Olympic Games opening ceremony with the option of non-attendance in the event if there is no resumption of dialogue between the Chinese authorities and His Holiness the Dalai Lama."


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