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Slovenia minister meets Dalai Lama despite China warning

April 11, 2010

Bangkok Post
8/04/2010

A Slovenian minister held an unscheduled meeting with the Dalai Lama despite
warnings by China of damage to ties, as the Tibetan spiritual leader wrapped
up a three-day visit Wednesday.

The Tibetan spiritual leader The Dalai Lama holds talks before planting a
tree of peace in Maribor's city park, some 150 kilometers from capital
Ljubljana on April 6. A Slovenian minister held an unscheduled meeting with
the Dalai Lama despite warnings by China of damage to ties, as the Tibetan
spiritual leader wrapped up a three-day visit Wednesday.

Minister without portfolio Bostjan Zeks met the Dalai Lama leader in the
second city of Maribor, although no talks with Slovenian authorities had
initially been planned.

The Chinese embassy had warned that the visit could damage Slovenian
relations with Beijing.

Local media and opposition leaders criticised Prime Minister Borut Pahor for
not receiving the Dalai Lama, unlike his predecessor Janez Drnovsek and
former President Milan Kucan, who ignored China's protests in 2002.

On Tuesday, the Nobel peace prize laureate met opposition party leaders,
including former premier Janez Jansa.

China claims that Tibet is an integral part of the country and that any
meeting with him constitutes interference in its internal affairs.

The Dalai Lama was travelling to Switzerland next on his European tour.
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