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Gillard has No Plans to Meet Dalai Lama

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Monday that she has no plans yet to meet with the Dalai Lama when he visits Australia in June.

"At this stage, I do not have a meeting scheduled with the Dalai Lama," she said. "Any such decision will be taken closer to the time."

The Dalai Lama's visit to Australia from June 9 to 20 ends only days before Gillard's first anniversary as government leader.

Gillard was responding to a question from an independent lawmaker on whether she would meet the 75-year-old Buddhist monk in his capacity as "spiritual leader and representative of millions of Tibetans."