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EU-China summit likely to take place in Prague on 20 May

March 31, 2009

Prague Daily
March 30, 2009

Hluboka nad Vltavou, South Bohemia, March 27
(CTK) - The adjourned EU-China summit will
probably take place in Prague on May 20 but Czech
diplomacy has pointed out that the date is not
definitive and can be changed, Foreign Ministry
spokeswoman Zuzana Opletalova told CTK Friday.

The summit was adjourned at China's request after
French President Nicolas Sarkozy met the Tibetan Dalai Lama last year.

France then presided over the European Union and
China cancelled the summit which was to take
place in France over Sarkozy's meeting with the Dalai Lama.

The Czech Republic took the six-month rotating EU
presidency from France on January 1.

At the end of January Czech Prime Minister Mirek
Topolanek announced in Brussels after his meeting
with his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao that the
EU-Chinese summit would be held in Prague.

The Czech Republic has criticised human rights
violations in China for a long time. Outgoing
Human Rights and Ethnic Minorities Minister
Michael Kocal admitted in the past that holding
the summit in Prague could be a disappointment for some human rights advocates.

He stressed, however, that the Czech Republic
should represent the position of the EU.

The Amnesty International has announced that it
will use the Czech EU presidency to raise the
question of abuse human rights in Tibet by China at the EU-China summit.

This year the world marked the 50th anniversary
of Tibet's uprising against Chinese occupation.
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