Saturday, December 06, 2008

Dalai Lama to meet Nicolas Sarkozy in EU

The Dalai Lama will meet with France's President Nicolas Sarkozy in Poland amidst protests from China.

France holds the presidency of the European Union and Sarkozy is in Poland to meet with Eastern European members of the EU on climate change goals.

Beijing canceled an EU-China meeting last week and has threatened to cut multi-billion-dollar bilateral trade deals. Groups in China have also called for boycotts of French products. The Dalai Lama has called for "genuine autonomy" for Tibet and insists he is not a "separatist." He advocates "strictly non-violent methods" in his campaign.

Sarkozy would be the first leader to meet with the Dalai Lama while holding the EU's rotating six-month term as president.

Dalai Lama to meet Sarkozy in EU
BBC News - 1 hour ago
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is to meet the Dalai Lama in Poland, in a move that has angered Beijing. China has warned France that multi-billion-dollar bilateral trade deals could be harmed if the meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader goes ...
Sarkozy set to meet Dalai Lama
France's Sarkozy meets Dalai Lama as China fumes Sydney Morning Herald