French President Nicolas Sarkozy told his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao that he will attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing on August 8th.
French foreign affairs minister Bernard Kouchner has summoned the Chinese ambassador, Kong Quan, for his threatened words against
The Chinese ambassador first said to the press on Tuesday that a meeting between the French president and the Dalai-Lama during his visit to
These are words, however, that don’t please Bernard Kouchner. “We have heard with a bit of surprise the statement by the Chinese ambassador, and I have asked him to come see me,” he said in reaction. “He sould come this afternoon so that I can understand and he can explain his position,” which is difficult on the part of
Several hours earlier, Nicolas Sarkozy had announced from the G8 Summit in
The president of
The declarations of Kong Quan could in any case spoil this semblance of reconciliation between
“It’s up to the president to decide and he will decide. In any case, he just decided to participate in the opening ceremonies of the Games,” Kouchner also stated.
Angela Merkel welcomes the decision
Despite her own refusal to attend, Merkel welcomed the decision. “It is very important for the European Union as a whole to be represented in
Socialist Party calls for boycott
Sarkozy had previously made his presence at the ceremony conditional on a fresh start in negotiations between Chinese authorities and the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. Two series of closed-door meetings have taken place between
But it is not certain whether Sarkozy’s presence in
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