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  Nepal instructs envoy to skip Nobel function  


KATHMANDU, Dec 8: Nepal government has instructed its ambassador to the UK, Dr Suresh Chandra Chalise, not to attend ceremony for awarding Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo, a jailed Chinese dissident, this week. Chalise is also Nepal’s ambassador to Norway.

A source familiar with the developments told Republica that China had requested the government last month not to send its representative to attend the December 10 ceremony in Oslo.

The Nobel Peace Prize Committee generally sends invitations to ambassadors based in Norway. The source said that the government took the precautionary step in order not to anger the northern neighbor.

Chinese embassy officials in Kathamndu had gone to the foreign ministry recently to inquire if Nepali officials were attending the function.

Incensed by the prize award to its dissident activist who is serving an 11 years jail for subversion, China has asked governments across the globe, including Nepal, not to take part in the ceremony.

China has termed the award to the 54-year old Xiaobo as “interference in its internal matter”, according to media reports.

Among the South Asian countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan have joined the list of 19 countries which will be absent at the ceremony for “various reasons”. Other countries include, China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Colombia, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Iraq, Iran, Vietnam, Venezuela, the Philippines, Egypt, Sudan, Ukraine, Cuba and Morocco, said the Nobel Peace Prize Committee in its website.

Xiaobo is known for his literary criticism, political essays and advocacy for democracy. His writings have landed him in jails repeatedly, according to The New York Times.

As of October 6, according to a statement posted by the Nobel Peace Prize Committe, altogether 44 embassies, including the Indian embassy in Oslo, have indicated that they will be represented in the ceremony while 19 counties have declined to the Committee’s invitation for various reasons.

Published on 2010-12-08 02:30:58
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China is notorious in the world scenario in terms of abusing ´human rights´. This step by Nepal government clearly reflects its position on human rights. Who knows so-called Government might decide to exile Tibetans if China tells them to? Or let China spy on India using Nepal´s territory? I guess the defunct government forgot its ties with US and even Norway when ordering the Diplomat to not attend the function. Nepal is the next North Korea!

  - Arun Budhathoki
This is called neo-colonism! If nepal was a fairly economically independent and prosperous, she wouldn´t have to bow down but alas the corrupt thugs of this country dragged her feet down every-time she wanted to stand on her own. How many of the MP´s have graduation in this country and look they are the ones at decision making body and formulating law!! Hypocracy is democracy!!! [more]
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