Tags: sarkozy | beijing | olympics

Sarkozy: Attending Olympics Depends on Tibet Talks

Monday, 30 Jun 2008 10:04 PM

French President Nicolas Sarkozy says he might attend the Beijing Olympics if there is progress in talks between China and representatives of the Dalai Lama.

Mr. Sarkozy had indicated he might boycott the opening ceremony of the Summer Games following China's crackdown on Tibetan protests.

He told French television in an interview that aired Monday that France has been pushing for talks between Tibet's exiled spiritual leader and the Chinese government.

Mr. Sarkozy said there has been progress in talks and he could attend the Olympics if more headway is made. His decision will be announced next week.

Senior envoys of Tibet's government-in-exile, Lodi Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen, arrived in Beijing Monday for two days of talks with Chinese officials.

A spokesperson for the India-based exile government said the Tibetan delegation will begin holding talks on Tuesday.

Spokesman Tenzin Taklha says the talks are a positive step, adding that they will give the delegation a chance to discuss its views on issues such as Tibet's status within China.

China accuses the Dalai Lama of seeking independence for the mountainous region. The exiled spiritual leader says he only wants greater religious and cultural autonomy for his people.

The envoys of Tibet's government-in-exile last met with Chinese officials in May. Talks set for June were postponed because of the massive May 12 earthquake in China's Sichuan province.


Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Franc Surge Spoils Luxury-Watch Party as Swiss Costs Mount

Friday, 16 Jan 2015 09:25 AM

The Swiss National Bank spoiled the party for the country's luxury watchmakers just as they were preparing for some of t . . .

Israel Refuses to Share New Zealand Ambassador with Palestinians

Monday, 08 Sep 2014 07:09 AM

Israel is refusing to allow New Zealand's new foreign minister to present his credentials to President Reuven Rivlin sin . . .

Malaysia Airlines to Slash 6,000 Jobs in Survival Bid

Friday, 29 Aug 2014 06:51 AM

Malaysia Airlines will slash 6,000 jobs, trim its route network, and replace its CEO under plans announced Friday to sta . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved