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Dalai Lama Calls on Britain To Do More For Tibet


The Dalai Lama has accused Britain of not doing enough to support Tibet in its struggle for autonomy.

The Tibetan spiritual leader told a House of Commons committee Thursday, his people face "cultural genocide" at the hands of the Chinese.

The Dalai Lama meets Friday with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. The Tibetan leader downplayed concerns that the meeting is being held at Lambeth Palace -- the archbishop's residence and not that of the prime minister.

The Tibetan spiritual leader arrived in London Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Chinese officials reacted cooly to the Dalai Lama's suggestion that he would consider attending the Beijing Olympics if China helped improve the situation in Tibet.

A Foreign Ministry spokesman said if the Dalai Lama wants to make a positive contribution he should stop separatist activities and plots to disrupt the games.
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