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Nepal Tibetans mark Dalai Lama's birthday

July 7, 2009

July 06, 2009

KATHMANDU (AFP) - Hundreds of Tibetans gathered in the Nepalese capital to
mark the Dalai Lama's 74th birthday on Monday, a day after the government
said it would not tolerate anti-China activities on its soil.

More than 1,000 Tibetan exiles took part in the celebration, held under a
heavy police presence at a huge Buddhist stupa on the outskirts of
Kathmandu, an AFP photographer said.

Nepal is home to about 20,000 exiled Tibetans who began arriving in large
numbers in 1959 after their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama fled Tibet
following a failed uprising against the Chinese.

On Sunday, Nepal's home ministry warned it would not allow any activities
aimed at "undermining the friendship between the two countries."

"Nepal desires to maintain equal and friendly relations with both its
neighbours," the ministry said in a statement released ahead of the Dalai
Lama's birthday.

"It is also committed not to let its territory be used against any friendly

Sandwiched between India and China, Nepal has upheld Beijing's "one China"
policy -- that Tibet is an integral part of China.

It has repeatedly said it will not tolerate anti-China demonstrations as it
seeks to preserve friendly ties with its northern neighbour.

Last month, Nepalese police arrested 34 Tibetan exiles as they tried to
stage a demonstration near the Chinese border.
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