Olympics boycott should be considered: EUMarch 23rd, 2008 - 4:33 am ICT by admin
Berlin, March 23 (DPA) A boycott of this summer’s Beijing Olympic Games should be considered if China does not re-evaluate its actions in Tibet, the president of the European Parliament said in an interview to be published in a German Sunday newspaper. “Beijing must decide. It must negotiate with the Dalai Lama immediately,” Hans-Gert Poettering told the mass circulation Bild newspaper.
Boycott measures were justified, if there was no attempt at reconciling the differences, Poettering said.
“We should not exclude the possibility of a boycott of the Beijing Olympics. We want a successful Games, but not at the price of the cultural genocide of the Tibetans,” he said.
Poettering, a member of the conservative Christian bloc in the parliament, said the European Parliament would discuss the situation in Tibet Wednesday.