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Dalai Lama doesn't want Olympics boycott
April 12, 2008 13:50 IST
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama [Images] does not advocate a boycott of the Beijing [Images] Olympics [Images] over the Chinese crackdown in his homeland, but says it is for the individual leaders to decide whether to attend the Games.
He replied in the negative when asked if he would advocate a boycott of the Games scheduled for August 8-24 in the Chinese capital.
Asked whether he would like US President George W Bush [Images] and other leaders to boycott the opening ceremony, the Dalai Lama said, 'That's up to them'.
Referring to protests during the relay of the Olympic torch, the Dalai Lama said after some 'unpleasant sort of events' in England [Images] and Paris, he sent a message to Tibetans in San Francisco area not to create any violence.
He said his main message to China was 'We are not against you. And I'm not seeking separation.'