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11 May, 2005

Austria cancels plans to print Dalai Lama stamp

An article appearing in The Hindu News Update Service today quotes Heinz Stoff, a Vienna human rights activist, as explaining that "substantial interventions" from the Chinese embassy has caused the Post Office of Austria to reconsider printing a series of stamps with the likeness of the Dalai Lama. The article reported, in part:

Austria's federal post office has abandoned a plan to produce a line of postage stamps honoring the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, a human rights activist who had campaigned for the stamps said Wednesday. Heinz Stoff, a Vienna activist, told the Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper he was approached by postal authorities who said they had scrapped the idea of producing the stamps. Stoff said the post office cited ``substantial interventions by the Chinese embassy'' as its reason for abandoning the idea of a stamp honoring the Dalai Lama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.
The entire article is available online at The Hindu.

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