Join our Mailing List

"We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China."

FACTBOX: World leaders to attend Olympics opening in Beijing

July 10, 2008

Reuters
July 8, 2008

French President Nicholas Sarkozy will attend the opening ceremony of
the Beijing Olympics, representing his country and the European
Union, his office said on Wednesday.

The announcement ends weeks of speculation sparked by Sarkozy's
comments that his attendance depended on progress in talks between
China's government and representatives of Tibet's exiled spiritual
leader the Dalai Lama.

Foreign leaders' attendance at the August 8-24 Beijing Games has
become a closely-watched issue, as rights groups have urged leaders
to boycott them to protest China's crackdown on May riots in Tibet
and its ties with the government in Sudan.

Here is a preliminary list of world leaders who have said they will
attend the opening ceremonies:

- WILL ATTEND:

AUSTRALIA - Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
CAMBODIA - King Norodom Sihamoni.
CROATIA - President Stjepan Mesic.
FINLAND - Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen.
FRANCE - President Nicolas Sarkozy.
JAPAN - Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda.
MAURITIUS - President Sir Anerood Jugnauth.
MALAYSIA - King Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, and Queen Tuanku Nur Zahirah.
NETHERLANDS - Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende.
SOUTH KOREA - President Lee Myung-bak.
SWITZERLAND - President Pascal Couchepin.
THAILAND - Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej, and Crown Princess Maha
Chakri Sirindhorn.
UNITED STATES - President George W. Bush.
VIETNAM - President Nguyen Minh Triet.

- WILL NOT ATTEND:

Taiwan President - Ma Ying-jeou. Thomas Tsai, president of the
Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee, will attend.
U.N. Secretary-General - Ban Ki-moon.
German Chancellor - Angela Merkel.
Canadian Prime Minister - Stephen Harper
Polish Prime Minister - Donald Tusk.
New Zealand Prime Minister - Helen Clark.
British Prime Minister - Gordon Brown will only attend closing ceremony.

(Compiled by David Cutler and Gillian Murdoch)
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665   ctcoffice@tibet.ca
Developed by plank