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Dalai Lama: Sarkozy or Amsterdam?

20 August 2008 - French president Nicolas Sarkozy would like to meet the Dalai Lama on 10 December, but a mysterious trip to Amsterdam may throw a spanner in the works.

Members of the French government refuse to meet with the Tibetan spiritual leader during his twelve-day visit to France. Reportedly, the French are anxious not to provoke China anymore after the tumultuous anti-China protests that took place when the Olympic flame was carried through Paris last April.

In order to make up for his lack of hospitality, Sarkozy said he would like to receive the Dalai Lama along with other Nobel laureates in Paris on the sixtieth anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights, on 10 December.

According to Spanish newspaper El País, the Dalai Lama responded by saying he has an appointment in Amsterdam on that date. "It's a trip that I've planned more than a year ago. But I would like to be in Paris as well".

A spokesperson of the International Campaign for Tibet said that to his knowledge, no trip to Amsterdam has been planned. The India-based office of the Dalai Lama did not respond to a request to comment.

Incidentally, the Dalai Lama will meet with Sarkozy's wife Carla Bruni on Friday. When reporters asked him whether he knew who she was, he would have laconically answered 'no'.

El País. Photo: Ferne Millen

UPDATE 28 August 2008 - The Dalai Lama is scheduled to visit Poland 4 to 11 December, his office has announced.


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