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The Foreigner Tutu censures Norway for volte face. South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has lost respect for Norway after Norwegian politicians have said that they will not meet with the Dalai Lama this week. “I have had great respect for Norway, and looked at you as a moral superpower in the world. Norway supported the struggle against apartheid in all the years, and there was close contact between churches, trade unions, intellectuals, and politicians. Turning your back to the Dalai Lama is also turning your back on what you have stood for,” NRK reported Archbishop Desmond Tutu as saying. The decision to avoid meetings with the Dalai Lama are “sadly reflective of China’s long efforts to reset the rules of the road in international affairs — at the expense of the values embodied by Norway’s most famous [Nobel Peace] prize,” wrote The Boston Globe.

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Tutu censures Norway for volte face

Published on Monday, 5th May, 2014 at 07:15 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.
Last Updated on 8th May 2014 at 19:28.

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has lost respect for Norway after Norwegian politicians have said that they will not meet with the Dalai Lama this week.



“I have had great respect for Norway, and looked at you as a moral superpower in the world. Norway supported the struggle against apartheid in all the years, and there was close contact between churches, trade unions, intellectuals, and politicians. Turning your back to the Dalai Lama is also turning your back on what you have stood for,” NRK reported Archbishop Desmond Tutu as saying.

The decision to avoid meetings with the Dalai Lama are “sadly reflective of China’s long efforts to reset the rules of the road in international affairs — at the expense of the values embodied by Norway’s most famous [Nobel Peace] prize,” wrote The Boston Globe.

China has reportedly demanded a guarantee from the Scandinavian country there will be no congratulating of future Chinese Prize winners who oppose authorities.

Many Norwegians turned their backs on the government following their decision not to meet the Dalai Lama.

Around 400 people grouped together outside the Parliament building in Oslo last week to show their support for the Dalai Lama’s visit.

“We can’t accept that they won’t meet the Dalai Lama. That is not the mandate we have given our elected officials, we cannot submit to force and threats,” rally organiser Ann Kristin Espejord reportedly said.

The Dalai Lama was unable to celebrate Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s 80th birthday in 2011, as South African authorities denied him an entry visa.

The Archbishop was furious at the treatment with the government bowing to pressure from China. Archbishop Tutu had invited the Dalai Lama to deliver a lecture to mark his Birthday.

"Wake me up and tell me this is actually happening here. It's quite unbelievable. The discourtesy they have shown to the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama!” Tutu had stated.




Published on Monday, 5th May, 2014 at 07:15 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock.
Last updated on 8th May 2014 at 19:28.

This post has the following tags: dalailama, china, norway, oslo.





  
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