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Int'l community supports China's handling of Lhasa riots
2008/03/23

    BEIJING, March 22 (Xinhua) -- More countries around the world have thrown their support behind the Chinese government in its handling of the recent riots in Lhasa, capital city of China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

    Violent acts should be denounced and separatist moves can be permitted or accepted in no country, Mauritius President Anerood Jugnauth said while meeting with the Chinese ambassador to the island country in the southwest Indian Ocean.

    The government of Mauritius supports the stand of the Chinese government and considers that linking the Lhasa riots to the Beijing Olympic Games can not be taken for granted, he said.

    The president hoped to visit Beijing to watch the upcoming Olympics which he believes to be an excellent sports festivity.

    Foreign Minister of Madagascar Marcel Ranjeva said the Tibet issue is China's internal affair.

    He affirmed that his country is against linking it with the Beijing Olympics and boycotting the games.

    Ranjeva said President Marc Ravalomanana will go to China to watch the games by then.

    A senior official of Burundi's Ministry of External Relations said the Lhasa riots severely jeopardized the lives and property of the local people and seriously disturbed the local social order.

    By nature, the riots were a political scheme orchestrated by the Dalai clique with the aim of sabotaging the Beijing Olympics, he said.

    The government of Burundi condemns the Lhasa riots in strong terms and supports the Chinese government taking lawful measures to tackle the incident, he said.

    Burundi is opposed to politicizing the Beijing Olympics and believes the sports event will be a success, he added.

    A spokesman for the Sudanese Foreign Ministry said that to maintain social stability and safety, any country is obliged to respond when overseas forces instigate domestic separatists to resort to violence.

    The Sudanese government backs the Chinese government to take necessary actions, he added.

    Cyprus Foreign Minister Markos Kyprianou told the Chinese ambassador to the island country that Cyprus adheres to the one-China policy and hopes the Chinese government could maintain peace and stability in Tibet.

    The minister also wished a success to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, saying the event should not be politicized.

    Albanian Foreign Minister Lulzim Basha condemned recent riots in Lhasa.

    Montenegro Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the country has abided by the one-China principal and hopes China could maintain its social stability.

    Nicholas Liverpool, president of the Commonwealth of Dominica, said in a letter to China that it's against the Olympic spirit and the internationally-recognized principle to link the issue of Tibet with the 2008 Olympics. The attempts to scuttle the sport event were also against the international aspiration for a successful Olympic Games.

    The Foreign Ministry of Antigua and Barbuda said criminals should be held responsible for what they have done.

    The people of Antigua and Barbuda stand by the Chinese people and they believe the Chinese government will continue its efforts to maintain stability and the rule of law in Tibet no matter what happens.

    Antigua and Barbuda supports effort by the Chinese government to host a successful Olympics and is opposed to any attempts to politicize or sabotage the grand event.

                                                                                                                                                                              Editor: Mu Xuequan
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