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More international support for China's handling of Lhasa riots
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07:37, March 25, 2008

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More countries around the world have extended their support to the Chinese government in its handling of the recent unrest in Lhasa, capital of China's Tibet Autonomous Region.

In a strongly worded statement, the Cuban government condemned separatists who launched riots in Tibet, causing casualties and severe loss of property, and attempted to sabotage the Beijing Olympic Games.

The statement said attacks on China's embassies and consulates overseas were a severe breach of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, adding that the Cuban government is staunchly opposed to any attempts to interfere in China's domestic issues, and harm its sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro has said his government denounces the recent Lhasa riots, firmly opposes advocation for "Tibet independence," and supports China's handling of the situation.

Turkmen Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov said his country supports China's actions in securing its sovereignty.

Comorian Foreign Minister Ahmed Ben Said Jaffar strongly denounced the severe violence perpetrated by rioters in Lhasa during a meeting with the Chinese ambassador to the country.

The minister reiterated that the Comorian government and people firmly support the Chinese government's efforts in safeguarding the nation's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Meanwhile, Iraqi Deputy Foreign Minister Labeed Abbawi said Iraq supports the Chinese government's lawful measures to tackle the Lhasa riots. Abbawi also expressed his confidence in the Chinese government's ability to maintain peace and stability in the country.

Sayyid Badr Bin Hamad Al Busaidi, secretary-general of Oman's Foreign Ministry, said his country understands and respects the lawful action taken by the Chinese government to deal with severe violence and opposes any attempt to interfere in China's internal affairs.


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