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March 26, 2008
Sarkozy Threatens Olympic Protest
French President Nicholas Sarkozy is the first world leader to publicly suggest that he would boycott the opening ceremonies of the Olympic games if China doesn't moderate its actions taken against Tibetan protestors:
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office yesterday hit out at China’s “violations” in Tibet and the “disappointing” lack of progress towards a peaceful resolution. Its annual report on human rights said: Both Britain and the US have too much invested in China to agree with Sarkozy. Nevertheless, there is nothing that terrifies the Chinese more than losing face because of a boycott of even some world leaders.
“We continue to make clear our view that the best way to improve the situation in Tibet is through meaningful dialogue between the Chinese authorities and the Dalai Lama and his representatives, without pre-conditions.”
However, Mr Sarkozy’s hint of a boycott, delivered on the eve of his state visit to Britain today, threatened to open a rift with Gordon Brown. It contradicts the position of British ministers, who have repeatedly rejected calls for a boycott of the opening ceremony.
Personally, I think President Bush should catch a cold just prior to his departure for Beijing and send his daughters in his place. Or maybe the dog.