Dalai Lama "disappointed" by Sarkozy, no Paris visit

Other News Materials 2 November 2008 18:17 (UTC +04:00)

Exiled Tibetan religious leader the Dalai Lama will not attend a planned meeting of Nobel Prize recipients in Paris out of "disappointment" with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, French media reported Sunday, dpa reported.

"No visit is planned. There had never been any official invitation," Matthieu Ricard, a spokesman for the Dalai Lama, was quoted by the weekly Journal du Dimanche as saying.

Sarkozy was not present at the most recent visit to France by the Dalai Lama, who was instead greeted by Sarkozy's wife Carla Bruni. Critics accused Sarkozy of not meeting the Dalai Lama in order placate China, which considers the Dalai Lama a separatist leader.

France's Elysee Palace announced that a number of Nobel laureates - including the Dalai Lama - had been invited to the 60th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights.

The Dalai Lama, who lives in India, is currently on a four-day visit to Japan.

Following unrest in Tibet in March, China was moved by international pressure to open talks with envoys from the Dalai Lama.