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Old 10th April 2008, 09:24 AM
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MEPs to call for EU Olympics ban

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The European Parliament is expected to call on EU leaders to boycott the Beijing Olympics' opening ceremony.

MEPs want China to start a dialogue with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama by August.

They vote on a draft resolution later Thursday condemning China's crackdown on last month's protests in Tibet.

It also calls for a UN inquiry into the events. Although non-binding, it will increase pressure on EU leaders to take a tougher stance towards China.

The draft resolution also urges China not to misuse the 2008 Olympic Games by arresting dissidents, journalists and human rights activists in order to prevent demonstrations which might prove embarrassing to the authorities.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7340119.stm

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Old 10th April 2008, 09:31 AM
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Re: MEPs to call for EU Olympics ban

I can feel the Chinese quaking in their boots - the eu needs China a lot more than vice versa.
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Re: MEPs to call for EU Olympics ban

Don't worry the MEPs have very little clout.

They can put just about anything forward, but this stuff is all decided at the Council of Ministers.

This is more about the European Parliament trying to assert itself than it has to do with Tibet.
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