གཟའ་པ་སངས། ༢༠༢༤/༠༧/༡༩

Dalai Lama Urges Tibetans Not to Interfere With Olympic Torch Relay

The Dalai Lama is urging Tibetans not to interfere with the Olympic torch when it passes through the territory next month on its way to the Beijing Games.

The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader also says he would be willing to attend the games in August, if his envoys and Chinese negotiators make progress at talks in mid-June on resolving the standoff over demands for Tibetan autonomy.

The Dalai Lama spoke Wednesday to reporters in London, on the second day of an 11-day visit aimed at highlighting his campaign for human rights.

He noted that Chinese President Hu Jintao has said he is willing to continue talks with exiled envoys. But the Dalai Lama said only time will tell whether the Chinese leader is serious about resolving the long-standing dispute.

The Tibetan spiritual leader arrived Tuesday in London from Berlin, one of five cities he visited in Germany as part of his campaign for human rights.

He meets Friday with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, at Lambeth Palace -- the archbishop's official residence.

The location of the meeting sparked controversy because it will not take place at 10 Downing Street, the prime minister's official residence. Some of Mr. Brown's critics say the decision to meet the Dalai Lama informally at the archbishop's residence was designed to appease Beijing, which opposes the Dalai Lama's meetings with any foreign government official.