EP Calls for EU Olympics' Opening Boycott

World | April 10, 2008, Thursday // 00:00

The European Parliament has adopted with a large majority a resolution urging the leaders of the EU member states to boycott the Olympics' opening ceremony Beijing, BBC reported Thursday.

MEPs want China to begin a dialogue with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama by August.

The document condemns "the brutal repression" by China in last month's crackdown on Tibetan protests and calls for a UN inquiry into the events.

The resolution further calls on Beijing to respect its commitments to human and minority rights.

It came as UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown confirmed he would not attend the opening of the Olympics on August 8.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has also said she never intended to go to Beijing.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who will chair the EU during the Olympic Games, has suggested he might consider boycotting the event unless China opens a dialogue with the Dalai Lama to find a political solution to the unrest.

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