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UN urges restraint, sees little role so far in Tibet

March 19, 2008

Associated Press
Mar. 18, 2008

UN leaders said Monday they saw little reason so far for the United
Nations to wade into the dispute over China's crackdown on protesters in
Tibet, despite the Dalai Lama's call for an international inquiry led by
the body.

No one raised the issue Monday at a Security Council meeting and lunch
with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Afterward, however, Ban urged Chinese authorities to exercise
"restraint" in Tibet - his strongest message on the violence to date -
and did not rule out a future UN role.

The attitudes of UN leaders range from deepening concern to complete
disregard of the crackdown on protesting Buddhist monks and other
Tibetan activists. The views an unspoken acknowledgment of China's
status as one of the council's five veto-wielding members and an
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