Uncertainty after China urges boycott of Nobel ceremony
There was uncertainty Tuesday as to who will attend December's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, after China's urged a boycott of the event, DPA reported.
Jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo won the award, much to Beijing's anger. Now it is unclear which foreign diplomats will attend the Oslo City Hall ceremony on December 10.
Several embassies have yet to reply to the invitation, public broadcaster NRK reported, noting that for instance India, Pakistan and Japan were still considering whether or not to attend.
The ambassadors of Cuba and Iran will not attend, NRK said, adding that the United States was due along with many European countries.
Norwegian King Harald and Queen Sonja were due to attend the Oslo City Hall ceremony, the palace said over the weekend.
Liu, a writer and one of China's leading dissidents, was sentenced to 11 years in prison in December for his part in writing the Charter '08 for democratic reform.
Liu's wife Liu Xia, who is in house arrest, has in an open letter invited a group of 140 leading dissidents, lawyers and rights activists to attend the ceremony. Recent reports have suggested it was doubtful if Liu supporters would be allowed to leave China.