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China's foreign minister says Dalai Lama should stop fomenting secession in Tibet

June 10, 2008

The Associated Press
June 8, 2008

MADRID, Spain: China's foreign minister says the Dalai Lama's recent
activities had promoted secessionism in Tibet and he called on the
spiritual leader to stop it.

Yang Jiechi says despite this, China has held a series of contacts
with the Dalai Lama's representatives in China, which could pave the
way to a resolution of the crisis in Tibet.

Yang said Sunday at a Madrid news conference that the Tibetan
spiritual leader should stop fomenting secession in Tibet and harming
the image of the forthcoming Beijing Games.

Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos says the Olympics
should not be politicized.

Moratinos says Spain will be sending an official delegation to the
Games, although he was not yet able to say who will be in it.
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