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Chinese embassy objects to CA members' meeting with Dalai Lama

August 21, 2010

Nepal News
August 19, 2010

The Chinese embassy in Kathmandu has written to
the Ministry of Foreign affairs raising objection
to a meeting of some Constituent Assembly (CA)
with Tibetan religious leader in exile Dalai Lama, Nagarik daily reported.

The embassy has said, the CA members' meeting
with Dalai Lama was against Nepal's One China Policy.

Madhesi Janadhikar Forum CA member Omprakash
Yadav Guljari, and Nepali Congress CA members
Harshajit Lama and Lalita Kingring had gone to
Dharmashala in Himachal Pradesh, one-and-half months ago to meet Dalai Lama.

NC Parliamentary Party (PP) has also asked
clarification from its CA members on the meeting
at pressure from of the Chinese embassy. NC
parliamentary party informed the embassy of the
clarifications from its CA members.

We took clarification on the meeting with Dalai
Lama and alerted them not to meet him again, said an NC PP office-bearer.

CA member Kingring and Lama said, the meeting was religious and not political.

Claiming it was not a mistake to meet the Guru of
the religion she is following since birth
Kingring said, it was sad that she had to give
clarification even for meeting a religious Guru.

Some journalists and others were also included in
the team of CA members' meeting Dalai Lama,
arranged by Siddhartha Gautam, chairman of Lumbini Foundation.

General Manager of Gorkhapatra Corporation
Shambhu Shrestha, journalists Jayprakash Tripathi
and Sharad Chandra Wasti, former Director General
of Civial Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN)
Rajesh Raj Dali, and teacher of Padma Kanya
Campus Sanjeeta Burma were involved in the team.

China has been pressuring Nepal to adopt
stringent measures on Tibetan refugees and
raising strong objections against any activity
that it thinks support the Free Tibet movement.

The embassy had also raised serious objections
when almost a dozen CA members met Dalai Lama last year.
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