UN chief not to attend Olympics opening ceremony

April 11th, 2008 - 1:08 am ICT by admin  

New York, April 10 (DPA) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has informed the Chinese government that he will not attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing in August, a spokeswoman said Thursday. Marie Okabe said Beijing was told of the decision “some months ago”. She said the move was a result of scheduling issues and was unrelated to the widespread call to boycott the opening ceremony to protest China’s alleged human rights abuses in Tibet.

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