China protests Dalai Lama’s presence at United Nations conference; calls him ‘separatist’

BEIJING: China has lodged a pro¬test with the UN for inviting the Dalai Lama to its conference in Geneva say¬ing that the Tibetan spiritual leader is a separatist and not entitled to talk about human rights. China voiced “strong unsatisfaction” and lodged solemn representations after the Dalai Lama was invited to attend an activity on the sidelines of the ongoing UN hu¬man rights meeting.
Reports said the US and Canada co-sponsored a conference built around Nobel peace prize winners, on the sidelines of the UN Human Rights Council’s 31st session in Geneva, offi¬cial media reported. The Dalai Lama was invited for the conference, which was chaired by UN Deputy High Com¬missioner for Human Rights Kate Gil¬more.
The US side insisted on inviting the Dalai Lama to attend the activity regardless of China’ s firm opposition, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hong Lei said in a statement.
The relevant UN department also violated the UN resolution and allowed the deputy high commissioner to chair the activity. “We have lodged solemn representations to relevant parties,” he said. Hong said the Dalai Lama is a po¬litical exile who has long been engaged in activities to split China instead of a simple religious person.
“Dalai Lama, the biggest serf own¬er in old Tibet, is not entitled to talk about human rights”, he said. He said that China firmly opposed the Dalai Lama to visit any country with any identity or in any name. China was also against officials from any coun¬try to have contact with the Dalai Lama in any form. He urged relevant countries to abide by their commit¬ment on the Tibet issue, stop making use of the issue to interfere China’s domestic affairs, and maintain the healthy development of bilateral rela¬tions with concrete actions.