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03 November, 2007

Members of Indian Cabinet absent from event for Dalai Lama

Noticed on the VOICE OF AMERICA web site:

The central government ordered all Cabinet ministers to stay away from a Saturday event congratulating the Tibetan spiritual leader for receiving the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal.

A letter to ministers called the event "not in conformity with the foreign policy of the government." That was a polite reference to avoiding a diplomatic upset with China, which considers the Dalai Lama a separatist leader.

At his first appearance in India since receiving the U.S. congressional honor, the Dalai Lama reiterated his position that the Chinese occupation is causing "cultural genocide" in Tibet.

Read the entire article at the VOA web site.

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