Friday, 11 May 2007

Nothing to do with dogs


This is the second time in two years that the Belgian authorities have "advised" His Holiness the Dalaï Lama not to visit Belgium where he was to address the 5th International Conference of Tibet Support Groups today. The Chinese authorities made it known that the Dalaï Lama's address to the Conference would not enhance a favourable climate for the Belgian economic mission to China led by Crown Prince Philippe at the end of June. The Chinese Government's persistent attempts to exert pressure on small nations to restrict the movement of the Dalaï Lama is a case of outright bullying, gross interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state, of aggressive diplomacy. They undermine the efforts that have been made for a resolution of the issue of Tibet. His Holiness the Dalaï Lama decided to cancel his visit to Brussels in order not to inconvenience a host government. Many participants at the conference will be disappointed as is the general Belgian public.

"If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them."

10 comments:

Winchester whisperer said...

Boo pour les belges (does the DL have a dog?)

Eurodog said...

I was wondering about that too. There are Tibetan breeds like the Tibetan Spaniel and Tibetan Terrier.

Karl and Anastasia said...

So sad. We are great admirers of the Dalai Lama, our servant was lucky enough to hear him talk!
We try to live the Buddhist way but as natural born predators we of course have a case of conflict here...
We like your blog! We are currently working on a training manual for humans ourselves.
And our servant has all Tintin books and Tintin au Tibet is her favourite!
So long
Karl and Anastasia

Ellee said...

This is really interesting, I work for the Euro MP Robert Sturdy and he promotes the wellbeing of animals on different committees.

I love your collie and garden, btw.

Flori aka Susanne said...

how very sad... As if we needed another proof that politics is a dirty business!

Ellee said...

Hi, I have remembered, Robert is involved in an organisation to promote "dogs for hearing", does that sound familiar?

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Your last sentence sums it up well.

Eurodog said...

ellee, no i have not heard about "dogs for hearing".

Ellee said...

Welshcakes,

Here is some info, it's not the Brussels organisation, but I assure you there is one there too@

http://www.hearingdogs.org.uk/

Eurodog said...

ellee,
thank you for that. I will look at the website.