Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Tibetan group says Arias asked Dalai Lama not to visit Costa Rica

(Inside Costa Rica) - The vice-president of the Tibetan-Costa Rican Cultural Association, Milagro Rodriguez, claims that the "unofficial" visit of the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, to Costa Rica planned for September 10, was cancelled at the request of Costa Rican president, Oscar Arias.

"The visit is totally ruled out", said Rodriguez, who assures that the decision is tied to the official visit of China's president, Hu Jinato, planned for October.

"The government considers the presence of the Dalai Lama in September will provoke a cancellation of the Chinese president", said Rodriguez.

The visit of the the Chinese president has been in the planning stage for some time after Arias visited China last October, following the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

For the time being the Foreign Ministry is being quiet on the Dalai Lama decision.

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