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Royal family won’t boycott Olympics

February 1, 2008

Aftenposten, Norway
Thursday January 31 2008

Despite Prince Charles of England joining in the growing boycott of the
Olympic Games in Beijing, the Norwegian Royal Family has no plans to
cancel its trip to China this summer.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Prince Charles would stay away
from the Beijing Olympics this summer, reportedly as a demonstration of
his concern for the human rights situation in Tibet and China.

Tibetan rights organizations have been pressuring the Norwegians to drop
the Olympic Games as well, but reports that King Harald,
Queen Sonja and Crown Prince Haakon will attend the summer games.

"The Royal Highnesses, the King and Queen, and the Crown Prince will
represent Norway at the Olympic Games in Beijing, but the programme is
not set yet," said an e-mail sent to from the Royal Palace.

"Respect for Human Rights is important, and the Norwegian authorities
are dealing with the problem through an ongoing dialogue with the
Chinese," it continued.

The leader of the Norwegian Tibet Committee, Chungdak Koren, responded
with an appeal to the Royal House to follow suit after Prince Charles.

Koren said he was "disappointed", and urged the Royal family to stay way
from the opening ceremony.

He also expressed his extreme disappointment that the International
Olympic Committee (IOC) will not allow Tibet to send its own athletes to
the games.

"We’ve done all the formalities correctly and cannot understand why the
IOC won’t let Tibet participate with its own athletes, along the same
lines as Palestine, Taiwan and Hong Kong," Koren said.

Tibet has been under Chinese control since 1951.

Tibet’s spiritual leader, the exiled Dalai Lama, received the Nobel
Peace Prize in Oslo in 1989.

Aftenposten's reporter
Joacim Lunde
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