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More countries express support for China's handling of Lhasa riots
2008/03/29

    BEIJING, March 28 (Xinhua) -- More countries have expressed their support to the Chinese government in its handling of the recent unrest in Lhasa, capital of China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

    A Thailand Foreign Ministry spokesperson said the Tibet issue is part of China's domestic affairs, adding that Thailand hopes the Chinese government will take action to swiftly bring peace and harmony back to the region.

    The Thai government opposes any attempt to link the Tibet issue with the upcoming Beijing Olympic Games, the spokesperson said.

    Myanmar's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the Tibet issue is purely China's domestic affair, and expressed its belief that the Chinese government will use its wisdom and vision to successfully deal with this challenge and secure the nation's social stability.

    Myanmar opposes any remarks and actions connecting the Lhasa riots with the Beijing Olympics, the statement added.

    Foreign Minister of Timor-Leste, Zacharias da Costa, condemned the recent serious and violent criminal activities in Lhasa and emphasized his government will abide by the one-China policy as before.

    A top official from Qatar's Foreign Ministry said the Tibet issue is part of China's domestic affairs, adding that the Qatari government opposes any attempt to intervene in the domestic affairs of other countries.

    Qatar will actively participate in the Beijing Olympics and believes the Games will be a success, the official added.

    Michel Gbezera-bria, cabinet director of the Presidential Palace and Minister of State of the Central African Republic, said separatists carried out violent activities in Lhasa and attempted to split China, adding that his country believes the Chinese government is capable of dealing with any challenge, and any attempt to split China is doomed to failure.

    Tibet is an inseparable part of China, Gbezera-bria said, adding that the Central African Republic government firmly abides by the one-China policy and is against any attempt to split Tibet from China.

    The Central African Republic supports China's hosting of the Beijing Olympics and wishes the Games a success, Gbezera-bria added.

    Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci said his country staunchly supports China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and believes China can surely make the world understand it better by successfully holding the Beijing Olympics.

    A Colombian Foreign Ministry statement expressed the concern of the nation's government regarding the Lhasa riots, and said Colombia believes the Chinese government will adopt necessary measures to ensure the situation in Tibet returns to normal.

    The Chilean Foreign Ministry reiterated in a statement that it respects China's territorial integrity, firmly adheres to the one-China policy, and believes the Chinese government has the capacity to secure Tibet's stability and protect the rights of all ethnic groups there.

    Peruvian President Alan Garcia told Peruvian media that he supports China's efforts in securing its sovereign and territorial integrity. He said he believes China will maintain its stability and development, and successfully host the Beijing Olympics.

    Nikola Spiric, cabinet chief of Bosnia and Herzegovina, said his government supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China, as well as social stability in Tibet.

    The Tibet issue is China's domestic affair, he said, adding Bosnia and Herzegovina is opposed to any attempts to politicize the Beijing Olympics, and believes China will hold a high-standard Games.

    So far, 120 countries and international organizations, by different means, have expressed their understanding and support for China's justified stance on the Tibet issue.

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