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Russian Foreign Minister calls Dalai Lama symbol of 'Tibet independence' (2)
16:28, May 21, 2010  

"If the Dalai Lama can change this impression and is devoted exclusively to religious activities, there will be no obstacles in the way of normal relations between him and China. If Buddhists in Russia can send the Dalai Lama such a signal, it would be a very welcome act," Lavrov added.

In response to a question posed by a deputy at the Federation Council, the upper house of the Federal Assembly, on May 13, Lavrov said that Russia supports the development of inter-religious and inter-faith ties, but opposes the combination of religious issues with politics. Russia objects to politicizing the Dalai Lama's activities and is willing to provide assistance in this issue.

"We are closely following the situation between the leadership of China and the Dalai Lama," Lavrov said. "We understand that China really hopes the Dalai Lama will separate himself from political activities and separatist forces that seek to split the Chinese territory."

He added that unfortunately, the Dalai Lama has continued to use his religious functions to meet objectives that have nothing to do with religion or religious work, and such attempts have not achieved the desired results.

By People's Daily Online

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