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Former Czech President regrets Obama's delay in meeting Dalai Lama
Phayul[Tuesday, October 13, 2009 13:06]
His Holiness with Vaclav Havel (second from right) file photo/Oot, Geneva
His Holiness with Vaclav Havel (second from right) file photo/Oot, Geneva
Dharamsala, October 13 - Former Czech president and a close friend of His Holiness the Dalai Lama has expressed his regret over the US president Barack Obama not meeting the Tibetan leader during his visit to Washington D.C., reported the Prague Daily Monitor

"When a fresh Nobel Peace Prize winner postpones his meeting with the Dalai Lama until the return from his visit to China, he makes a small, tiny compromise," he said about Obama who is to visit China in November.

However, such small and even logical compromises might lead to big, fateful compromises, Havel said at the Forum 2000 conference traditionally held under his auspices in Prague. Havel officially met Dalai Lama already when he was the head of the Czech Republic.

Havel said he believed the Euro-Atlantic community preferred economic interests to human rights too much.

Prime Minister of the exile Tibetan government, Samdhong Rinpoche, believes several countries “are adopting a policy of appeasement." The former academician and parliamentarian was speaking last month to a visiting group of journalists in Dharamsala, the exile headquarters of the Tibetan government, days after US president’s senior adviser met the Tibetan leader here. "Even the US government is doing some kind of appeasement," Rinpoche was quoted as saying by AFP.

Speaking to a television channel, the Special Envoy of His Holiness, Lodi Gyari, mentioned that good relations between China and the US could work in the interest of the Tibetan people. “Our hope is that the cooperative US-Chinese relationship that President Obama's administration seeks will create conditions that support the resolution of the legitimate grievances of the Tibetan people,” Gyari said in a statement on October 5 amid widespread criticism against Obama for not meeting the Tibetan leader. Taking a broader and long-term perspective, His Holiness agreed to meet the President after the November US-China Summit, the statement added.


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